First South Carolina-built 787 puts weight on wheels

The first 787 Dreamliner manufactured at the new Boeing facility in North Charleston, S.C., USA, moved on its landing gear as it's prepped for electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation. The plane will be delivered in the first half of 2012.

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The Boeing Co. (North Charleston, S.C., USA) announced on Dec. 20 that its first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner put weight on wheels for the first time on Dec. 18.

The composites-intensive airplane moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. Installation of the airplane's engines and interior will begin soon.

"Our Boeing South Carolina team has achieved another significant milestone, putting weight on wheels," says Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager. "This is a result of both great local talent and dedication and talent and knowledge assembled from across Boeing Commercial Airplanes."

"To achieve weight on wheels just 24 months after breaking ground on this new facility is incredible," says Marco Cavazzoni, Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery vice president and general manager. "This is a great testament to what can be done when a well-trained, knowledgeable and highly motivated team focuses on a common goal."

Boeing says the South Carolina facility remains on schedule for its first 787 Dreamliner delivery in the first half of 2012.
 

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