May 24, 2012

Boeing conducts inaugural flight of first 787 built in South Carolina

Boeing marked another 787 milestone May 23 as the first Dreamliner built in South Carolina completed its first flight.

Piloted by Tim Berg and Randy Neville, the airplane successfully conducted a five-hour test flight. More than 5,000 Boeing South Carolina employees watched a live broadcast of the airplane as it took off from Charleston International Airport. “This is a proud moment for our Boeing South Carolina team and for Boeing,” said Jack Jones, vice president/general manager, Boeing South Carolina. “In April, we gathered on the flightline to watch this airplane roll out of final assembly. Today, we watched as this airplane successfully completed its first production flight – one step closer to delivering our first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner to our customer.”

Today’s production flight test profile tested the airplane’s controls and systems in a series of scenarios designed to verify the airplane operates as designed. The tests occurred in all stages of flight beginning prior to taxi, through final landing and taxi.

During the flight, the crew checked the functionality of onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked backup and critical safety elements including cabin pressurization, avionics, and navigation and communications systems. In addition, they shut down and re-started each engine during flight.

“First flight of this South Carolina-built airplane is a significant achievement and our teammates did a great job working together to make this happen,” said Berg. “The airplane performed exactly as we expected.”

The airplane will be flown to Fort Worth, Texas, to be painted with Air India’s livery before returning to Boeing South Carolina for a mid-2012 delivery.

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