Boeing 787 takes flight!!!

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner left the runway at Paine Field in Everett Tuesday morning at 10:27 a.m. Footage courtesy of Boeing. Everyone around the Puget Sound is pretty stoked to see this flight finally take place. I for one am especially happy because I have quite a few friends who work for Boeing and I’d like them to keep their jobs!

Despite some cancelations, Boeing still has 840 firm orders for the aircraft, more than any previous Boeing airliner.

In 2010, Boeing will begin building a second final assembly plant in Charleston, S.C. But for the next three years or so, all the Dreamliners will come out of Washington state.

Dreamliner No. 1 will be joined by five more test airplanes that over nine months will map the boundaries of the airplane’s performance and seek to satisfy the certification requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This is going to be big news for a long time to come but there is much testing ahead. But let’s take a look back at what it took to get here.
Check out the Boeing 787 Interactive Timeline!


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