The 787-9 Dreamliner parked next to the Boeing Future of Flight and a sweet Dreamlifter!
A while back, I started to see photos of a purple and pink 787 and wondered what the heck it was all about. Then I saw that people had the chance to get up close and personal with the plane at the Boeing Future of Flight, and I realized that I needed to figure out the full story. It turns out that the special livery is inspired by the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing. And what is ECF, you might ask? Good question. According to Boeing:
“Since 1948, ECF has funded approximately $1 billion to local communities across the United States. The ECF has 20 chapters across Boeing, giving employees an opportunity to make a difference where they live and work. Each chapter is managed by local employees who make grants based on the needs of their communities. The special livery celebrates the commitment and generosity of our employees in their local communities.”
The ECF design is mostly a big decal.
The fun graphics near the rear of the 787.
I would say that is a pretty worthy cause to support this unique livery. This is also special, since it is not actually all paint, but is comprised of the largest decal ever on a composite aircraft. Boeing has certified the decal technology, so now airline customers can start using them. I am hoping it means more special liveries and please, oh please, I hope it means less European white designs.
One group of AvGeeks enjoy the American 727 – Photo: Francis Zera
At the end of September we got to enjoy another amazing Aviation Geek Fest. If you follow the site, the name probably sounds familiar. It is a VIP-access event that allows AvGeeks to get together and experience some pretty cool things not typically open to the general public. This year we had people converge from around the world (guests from Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, & USA) to Seattle, WA to partake in this three-day aviation-themed event. How cool is that?
As it has been the last in previous years, the events and activities are amazing, but you cannot beat hanging around a bunch of other like-minded folks for a few days! Everyone gets to tell their airplane stories and everyone actually wants to listen!
Wine (and more) under a Starship? Sure! – Photo: Future of Flight
On Friday, June 19th, there is going to be some awesome action going down at the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, located just north of Seattle: Wine, Wings & More. And if you do not already have tickets — you can not only win two of them, but also a free night at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is in the perfect location… like a 30 second walk away, which is great is you have a few glasses of wine. First, the details:
WHEN: Friday, June 19th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
HOW: Keep reading to win some tickets. Can’t wait? Get some now!
- WINE! Yes, fermented grapes from some of the best people that know how to do it. Not a wine fan — no worries. There will also be some breweries and non-alcoholic goodness as well.
- Classy stuff to make your stomach not hungry (aka food)
- Some great Jazz beats from the Kerry Wallingford Quartet
- Silent auctions (shhh) relating to all things “taste”
- Take some selfies with a Boeing 787