It is almost 5:30am PST and we are about 4.5 hours away from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s first flight. The weather isn’t perfect, but so far it is still on! This is a VERY special event for a very special airplane. Much like the Boeing 707 marked the beginning of the jet age, I think the 787 will mark the start of the next generation of how planes are made and how materials are used.
I will be enjoying the event at the Future of Flight, which has one of the best views of the runway. I hope to take many photos and a few videos, and I will post them on the blog as soon as I can. Catch second by second coverage of the events on my TWITTER ACCOUNT(you don’t need to sign up to read my tweets) and I will try to keep my blog updated as the events unfold. I have two laptops, a camera, an iPhone, and a video camera. Hopefully that will be enough to share this event with you :).
Of course, the first flight is not the end of the Boeing 787 trials, but just the very beginning. I hope and expect nothing else to delay the aircraft, but there are still a lot of opportunities for things to go wrong. Jon Ostrower, the FlightBlogger, lays out what the Boeing 787 has left to do before it starts flying its first passengers.
I will be updating this post throughout the day…
* UPDATE 7:30am: Lots of people and media showing up at the Future of Flight. I just updated my picture for this blog with one I just took. Make sure to follow live feed via BOEING’S LIVE FEED and also the FLIGHTBLOGGER.
* UPDATE 8:20am: Flight aware has BOE01 listed for a 10:10am PST takeoff. Anyone guessing that might be the ZA001 Boeing 787 first flight? If you are in the Seattle area, the lobby/cafe/gift shops of the Future of Flight are open for you to warm up. You can also sign up for a raffle to win a Boeing 787 Model. If you come in you should come say hi to me!
* UPDATE 10:32: Just watched the Boeing 787 make a successful take off. Videos and pics to follow soon!