When one of our 787-9s landed in Alice Springs, Australia for hot weather testing this week we didn’t realize we’d be greeted by a very young—and very enthusiastic fan.
The 787-9 lands in Alice Springs, Australia for flight testing.
Six-year-old Thomas Barnetson heard the 787-9 was heading to his hometown in Australia’s Red Centre, and begged his dad Jason to take him to the airport to watch the airplane land. When he was invited by Boeing and local television station ABC (see their report here) to take a tour, he said it was “the coolest thing ever.”
Young Thomas checks out the 787-9.
Touring the 787-9 in Alice Springs.
When the television reporter asked Thomas whether he wanted to fly the Dreamliner one day, Thomas was clear: “I want to build planes!”
During the visit, Thomas met Ryan Smith, test operations manager for the airplane, and Chuck Killberg, chief test pilot for Boeing Test & Evaluation. And his final words on what it was like to see the aircraft up close: “It was infinity exciting!”
Thanks for visiting, Thomas!