ZA005 takes flight

The other day we talked about the “fifth dimension” as our 5th flight test Dreamliner took to the air for the first time.

With some new images now in, I had to share what I think are some really “otherworldly” shots of ZA005 flying above western Washington this week.

Let me know what you think of our newest flight test bird.


In the clouds and out, above Mt. Rainier, a truly spectacular vision.

By the way, we passed yet another milestone this week - 1,000 hours of flying for the 787 flight test fleet.

We estimate that we’re now 40% through the test conditions we need in order to certify the first version of the Dreamliner - with a lot more work yet to come.


Update: 21 June

Want to see more about the first flight of ZA005? Check out the video we just posted.

Comments (15)

Chris C (South Africa):

Spectacular! The 4th photo is simply lovely.

Jeff Barr (Sammamish, Washington):

These are great shots.

I am pretty sure that I've seen several of the earlier models during my Saturday morning walks on the Sammamish River Trail.

If you ever need an extra passenger / blogger, let me know and I'll be there.

Andrew (Seattle, WA):

Nice shots of Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier!

Jeff Harris (Salt Lake City, UT):

These are some beautiful shots! I love the photos with Mt. Rainier in the background.

Gary Gerfen (Ft. Greely, Alaska):

Awesome photo's and I assume the GE engines are performing well. Also love the T-38 chase plane shown. Our customers should love this plane for the operational advantages it gives them.

Don Harrington (Bellevue, WA):

Great shots! Anything with Mt. Rainier in the backgound can't be all bad.

I'm with Jeff. Sign me up! As long as i can bring my camera, anyway. :-)

Michael Mohr :

Very Nice

These pics are great! They almost look unreal.

If you ever need an extra passenger, let me know and I'll be there.

Newton (São Paulo, São Paulo State, Brasil):

Well, the 787 Dreamliner is really a dream! Congratulations!

Shrinath (chennai, India):

It is a beauty! Finally! Any chance that test flight parameters would be available?

Oliver (Vienna, Austria):

Great pictures! Congratulations on the first flight of ZA005.

Norman from Washington DC (Washington DC, United States):

Great shot of the 787 with the F-5 chase plane!

Keith Warth (Sydney Australia):


Just beautiful.

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations Boeing..Better as ever

Doug (Issaquah, WA):

Sure is a great looking plane! Although, I still have a bigger soft spot for the T-38. :)

Feki (Kahuku, Hawaii):

Absolutely Stunning...

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