Fri, Jun 18, 2010
Fifth Dreamliner In The Test Fleet Is The First With GE
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with General Electric (GE)
engines, an airplane referred to as ZA005, completed its first
flight at 1829 PDT Wednesday, following a 3-hour-and-48-minute
flight over the state of Washington.
GE executives and Boeing employees were on hand to welcome
Captains Mike Bryan and Mike Carriker to Boeing Field in Seattle
following completion of the flight.
"The airplane handled just like I expected," said Bryan, who
captained the flight. "It was just like every other 787 flight that
I've flown in the last several months - smooth, per plan and
"We're pleased to introduce the fifth Dreamliner to the
flight-test fleet and to start flight testing with GE engines,"
said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787
program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It's taken the collective
resources and dedication of our teams to get to this day. There's
just nothing like a first flight to validate that it has been worth
the sacrifices we have all seen our teams make in the past several
ZA005 will be used to test the General Electric engine package
and demonstrate that the changes made with the new engine do not
change the airplane's handling characteristics.
The sixth, and final, 787 to join the flight test program is
expected to fly before the end of July.
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