Boeing will be transmitting a live webcast of the long-delayed Boeing 787′s first flight today. The stream can be found here and it begins at 09:40 am Pacific time, 12:40 pm, Eastern, and 5:40 pm GMT. Actual liftoff of the plane nicknamed the Boeing Dreamliner is scheduled for the top of the hour (10am PST). Weather permitting, of course.
To be more specific, it’s the first flight of the 787-8, vs. the shorter-range 787-3 or the stretched 787-9, neither of which have been built yet.
Japan’s ANA will be the first to fly this model. To see a full list of orders, sorted by airline, or by date, click here.
This plane has been a delay-prone nightmare for the company, but it will be a feat of engineering when it takes off. It will be the first commercial airline with a fuselage built largely of lightweight composite materials, rather than aluminum “skin.”
I look forward to actually flying aboard a plane like this, but in the meantime, I’ll vicariously watch this over lunch.
Would it be too much to ask for a roll, as Tex Johnston did with the Boeing 707 back in 1955?…