Together at last…well sort of

April 2, 2010 at 1:13 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

Boeing has finally got its wish this year with both the 747 and 787 now fully involved in their test flight programs. As a flight line engineer, it is truly remarkable to see these two beautiful aircraft together at the same airfield. What is especially interesting is Boeing’s management of space. With six 787’s slated for the test flight program and three 747-8 aircraft expected to be running flight tests this year, it is quite easy to see how spots can fill up quickly. Simply put, Boeing has too many great products and not enough space to keep them.

So what do you do when you have this problem? Well a recent decision by Boeing upper management has been to locate the 787 test flight program in Seattle, Washington and move the test flight program for the 747-8 to Palmdale, California. This decision was made to ensure neither program stepped on each other’s tires (if you will) and everyone could complete their testing on time.

However, for now, the two airplanes remain in happy proximity next to each other on the Boeing Field flight line and I am really starting to enjoy the view!


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