Boeing (North Charleston, S.C.) reported on May 23 that the first 787 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. The production flight test profile tested the airplane’s controls and systems in a series of scenarios designed to verify that the airplane operates as designed. The tests occurred in all stages of flight, prior to taxi and through final landing and taxi. In addition, the crew shut down and restarted each engine during the flight.
“This is a proud moment for our Boeing South Carolina team and for Boeing,” says Jack Jones, VP/general manager, Boeing South Carolina. “In April, we gathered on the flight line 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.”
The airplane will be flown to Ft. Worth, Texas, to be painted with Air India’s livery before returning to Boeing South Carolina for mid-2012 delivery.