Here’s a photo opportunity we just couldn’t resist. Earlier this week, ZA005—our 5th 787 flight test airplane—made a stop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Little did we know that a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a North American Aviation T-28 Trojan would also be there.
The 787 meets some of Boeing’s history. Pictured left to right are a B-17G, a T-28B and ZA005.
Our ground operations team in Albuquerque realized it was the perfect opportunity for a Boeing family photo (North American Aviation became a part of Boeing in 1996). The B-17 is owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wisconsin and was on its way to California to perform in air shows. The T-28 is a T-28B that was produced in 1955 and served as a Marine training aircraft. It is currently owned by Ronald Tarrson of Santa Fe, New Mexico and is operated by the North American Training Command LLC, a T-28 flight school in New Mexico.
By the way, ZA005 made its way to Hawaii late this week. It’s all part of tests related to demonstrating the performance of engine improvements provided by General Electric.