Follow the Fin

Be on the lookout for a fin to the left or fin to the right. In what may be the ultimate road trip, a 787 fin is making a cross-country journey from Washington State to South Carolina to mark the rollout of the first Dreamliner from our factory in North Charleston.


The vertical stabilizer sculpture is approximately a 1/3 scale model of the actual 787 vertical stabilizer.

That fin departed from the Dreamliner Gallery near our Everett factory being pulled by a truck driven by a husband and wife team. As it crosses several states, we’re encouraging everyone to snap a photo and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #followthefin or on the Boeing Store’s Facebook page.


The journey starts at the Dreamliner Gallery near the 787 factory in Everett.


Mount Rainier in the distance.

The fin will eventually make it to South Carolina in time for the rollout of our first 787 assembled at our North Charleston factory—where employees will be encouraged to sign their names on the fin. A few weeks later after the airplane makes its first flight, the fin will take off on another road show throughout the state of South Carolina to gather more signatures from residents.


Pit stop in Drummond, Montana.


Rapid City, South Dakota.

Eventually, the fin will come back to the factory in North Charleston where it will be part of a permanent display. So follow the fin and send us your best photos!

Comments (5)

Thomas Horstmann, Jr. (Portland, Oregon):

It is trackable through Flightaware? :)

Robert (Vancouver, Canada):

Randy for those who might be interested to watch Lufthansa's 747-8 depart on May 1. Do you know the time that it will be leaving from Paine Field?

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

The vertical stabilizer looks like a shark fin on the ground or someone with a fin on their back at the beach that scares the people away believing that they have seen a shark when the (kid) takes for a swim in the ocean... except this shark fin will cross the land to lead the way to the building of planes (787) that will lead you over the oceans of water in the sea of sky above.

Randy Tinseth:

Hi Robert,

Exact time is hard to predict depending on length of ceremony, boarding, etc. But the airplane will probably leave anywhere between 1pm and 3pm.

Bonario (Indonesia):

Looks like there will be a new livery for the 787 like never before..

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