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Boeing Dreamliner Takes Off
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-15-09 | PETER SANDERS

Posted on 12/15/2009 10:45:31 AM PST by GOP_Lady

EVERETT, Wash.—Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787 Dreamliner made its first flight on Tuesday morning under cold, cloudy skies, marking a milestone for the company's marquee commercial jetliner program that is running more than two years behind schedule.

The first Dreamliner test aircraft rolled down runway 34 Left at Paine Field at 10:28 a.m. and smoothly lifted off, heading northbound. Thousands of people, including hundreds of Boeing employees, plane enthusiasts and media, gathered at the airfield, which is also the site of Boeing's wide-body jet factory, where the Dreamliners are assembled.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; airplane; boeing; boeing787; dreamliner; flight

1 posted on 12/15/2009 10:45:32 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Yeah, to Boeing!

What a beautiful plane.


2 posted on 12/15/2009 10:46:08 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

If it ain’t Boeing I ain’t going!


3 posted on 12/15/2009 10:47:00 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

Alrighty then, Don Corleone!

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/787family/index.html


4 posted on 12/15/2009 10:48:35 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Guess I’ll turn CNBC back on and see if they have a video of it ....they have been talking about it all morning.,


5 posted on 12/15/2009 10:49:15 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: GOP_Lady

What’s the black balloon thingy hanging from the tail?


6 posted on 12/15/2009 10:50:07 AM PST by Pajama Blogger (Pajama Power)
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To: Pajama Blogger

If I had to hazard a guess; some sort of sensor package?


7 posted on 12/15/2009 10:53:43 AM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Follow the flight now here:

http://787firstflight.newairplane.com/ffindex.html


8 posted on 12/15/2009 10:54:32 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
I am having trouble connecting to their server at the moment. Must be awfully busy.
9 posted on 12/15/2009 10:56:01 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Pajama Blogger
It is a static pressure sensing trailing cone. During initial flights of almost any new aircraft, this sort of sensor is used to calibrate the pitot based airspeed indicators.
10 posted on 12/15/2009 11:09:16 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: GOP_Lady

bookmark


11 posted on 12/15/2009 11:13:09 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: GOP_Lady
Yeah, to Boeing! What a beautiful plane.

Congratulations to Boeing. I also find the 787 to be a particularly pretty plane, along with the A330 one of the most beautiful planes around.

Shouldn't this be breaking news or at least front page?
12 posted on 12/15/2009 11:22:38 AM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: wolf78

I should have posted it under BREAKING NEWS.

My apologies.

I love the curved lines of the plane.

It truly does look like a graceful bird.


13 posted on 12/15/2009 11:24:39 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

A short video of the takeoff:

http://www.airlinereporter.com/?p=2491


14 posted on 12/15/2009 11:27:56 AM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

Wow, did you see those wings curve up on their take-off roll. They got more flex ,the more lift they started generating.


15 posted on 12/15/2009 11:35:59 AM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: USMCPOP

Thank you very much, USMCPOP!

I’ll tune into the news and watch it land within a few hours.


16 posted on 12/15/2009 11:37:30 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: USMCPOP

Did it have a military escort?

I thought I saw two fighters.


17 posted on 12/15/2009 11:39:34 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
Got to the web site and move your cursor to first flight and a up pops “wing break”. Hope that is not an omen
18 posted on 12/15/2009 11:44:09 AM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: GOP_Lady

“Did it have a military escort?”

Those looked like T-37s to me. They used to be used as side-by-side trainers in the USAF. From the 50s until this decade. Boeing was probably using them as chase planes.

This is a great day in American aviation history. Hopefully we can sell the crap out of these things.


19 posted on 12/15/2009 11:49:18 AM PST by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: GOP_Lady

“Did it have a military escort?”

Those looked like T-37s to me. They used to be used as side-by-side trainers in the USAF. From the 50s until this decade. Boeing was probably using them as chase planes.

This is a great day in American aviation history. Hopefully we can sell the crap out of these things.


20 posted on 12/15/2009 11:49:29 AM PST by ChinaThreat (3)
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To: GOP_Lady

Three “escorts”: two T-33s, one off each wing and a T-38 out ahead scouting. All equipped with cameras - film at 11:00!


21 posted on 12/15/2009 11:51:28 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: ChinaThreat

They are all owned and flown by Boeing test pilots.


22 posted on 12/15/2009 11:52:25 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: GOP_Lady
FlightAware is tracking her. She slowed down to around 177 KIAS at least once - that is near minimum maneuver speed!
23 posted on 12/15/2009 11:54:10 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: GOP_Lady

Landing at KBFI at or about 4:30(EST)


24 posted on 12/15/2009 1:26:58 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: GOP_Lady

Boeing 787-800 ZA001 is on the ground. Press conference at about 5 pm EST, 2 pm PST.


25 posted on 12/15/2009 1:45:33 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

That is the Boeing 787-8, not -800.


26 posted on 12/15/2009 2:11:22 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Pajama Blogger
It's a static pressure cone to give accurate readings and to help calibrate some of the systems on board while in flight.
27 posted on 12/15/2009 3:01:08 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: AFreeBird
I read a comment on one of the 787 blogs someone saying in a sarcastic tone “ at least one American company is actually producing something " or something to that effect.
28 posted on 12/15/2009 3:06:04 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (There is no civility in the way the Communist/Marxist want to destroy the USA)
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To: GOP_Lady

I watched it approach Boeing Field with two chase planes, from my office.....beautiful.


29 posted on 12/16/2009 7:01:35 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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