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Fun with Photos: What is this Boeing Truck Hauling?

Big long Boeing truck hauling what down the freeway?

Big long Boeing truck hauling what down the freeway?

The other day while going down I-405, which is just east of Seattle, I saw this very long Boeing truck being escorted by a Boeing van.

It is so long there is someone steering the rear wheels in the back. I have tried to do some research, asked a few people in aviation, put it out on Twitter,  and talked to people at Boeing, but no one can tell me what it is hauling and what Boeing calls the truck.

So, time to use the power of my very smart blog readers (that is you!). What is the story behind this truck and what is it hauling?

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Thief Pick-Pockets Over $5000 on an Air France Flight

Air France Boeing 747-400

Air France Boeing 747-400

Business Class is just not what it used to be anymore. Earlier this month, five passengers were robbed of over $5,000 on an Air France flight from Tokyo to Paris. It was a red-eye flight and many passengers were in a deep sleep.

One passenger lost about $4400 and is the one that notified the flight crew. When the plane landed in France, police were waiting, but the thief was not found.

It is the airline’s policy to be responsible for luggage, but not for personal items, including cash, that passengers bring aboard. It might seem odd that someone would bring so much cash on a flight, but a one-way Business Class ticket on this flight can cost around $7000. Comparability that would be like me bringing $94 cash on a $150 one-way trip from Seattle to New York, which doesn’t seem so bad.

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Source: BBC Image: Caribb

VIDEO: Boeing 787 Taking Off + Boeing 777 Landing

A Boeing 777-200 landing in front of a Boeing 787 today at Paine Field

A Boeing 777-200 landing in front of a Boeing 787 today at Paine Field

I took three videos earlier today while watching the Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 taking off that you might find interesting:

#1:  BOEING 777 LANDS: While the Boeing 787 waited to takeoff, a Boeing 777-200, not yet painted and on a test flight, landed directly in front of it.

#2 BOEING 787 SPOOLS UP: Testing the engines out, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner starts its engines allowing one to hear the jets in action (make sure you have the sound up). Notice how this is quite a bit louder than actual take off and the horizontal stabilizers and wing-tips shaking.

#3 BOEING 787 ZA002 TAKING OFF: What a beautiful day to watch the Dreamliner lift off. From the Future of Flight’s Strato Deck, one can see Mt Baker to the north and Mt Rainier to the south (sorry it is a little jumpy — first time with new tri-pod).

Other great finds:
* Video from Future of Flight of the takeoff
* KIRO 7 has video from their helicopter (I need to get one of those helicopters to video this stuff)
* Update by Guy Norris over at Aviation Week on ZA002’s progress

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 Takes to the Sky Again

Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 about to take off from KPAE

Boeing 787 Dreamliner ZA002 about to take off from KPAE

Today I got the opportunity to watch the second Boeing 787 Dreamliner (ZA002) take off from Paine Field in Everett, WA from Future of Flight’s Strato Deck. ZA002 had to come back north to Everett due to debris found in the fuel tank.  She has been all fixed up and is ready to continue her test flights.

FlightAware.com is showing the 787 will be inflight for about five and a half hours. Currently the Dreamliner is flying down the Oregon coast with some pretty amazing views (I hope a Boeing chase plane is taking photos).

I got a few videos, but won’t be able to get them online until later this evening. Until then I have a few photos to share. Be sure to check out the Dreamlifter in the background, a Boeing 777 landing with Mt Baker in the background, and the unusual sunny day we have in Seattle today.

I also got a video of that Boeing 777 landing with the Boeing 787 waiting to takeoff, but until I get that video up, you can enjoy a photo I got from my phone. (UPDATE: haha, ok it wasn’t me who took the picture with the phone, I was video taping. My very good friend Temo took the picture for me on my phone [normally I am doing both at the same time]. Thanks Temo!)

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