Strange Sights After Midnight

March 17, 2010 at 1:22 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

I have had a rather interesting week following the 787 through its flight testing down at Boeing Field in Seattle. For starters, trying to stay awake on third shift has presented in challenges. However, there are truly some amazing things to see in the wee hours of the morning out on the flight line. Last night I had the opportunity to visit two of the first six 787 flight test airplanes out at the flightline at 3 am. Wow, what I sight, even for sleepy eyes.  I think what most people don’t realize is the fight test airplanes for any new commercial aviation program look like more of a scene out of Star Trek that something you might find at your local airport terminal. For starters there are computers and “modules” spread out all across the airplane. Unfortunately, I can’t post any pics of this one, but check on the image below from a similar flight test program. Now image many of these “modules” spread out everyone on the airplane and you have a pretty good idea of what a flight test airplane looks like!

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