After about 2.5 years of delays, the 787 flew out of Everett on its maiden flight today. Scheduled for a 10:00 AM departure, the flight departed at about 10:30 (PST) to the cheers of a myriad of Boeing workers and interested observers gathered alongside the taxiway areas. The challenge now begins to complete the certification process and deliver the first aircraft to ANA by the end of September 2010 (roughly 2 years later than originally scheduled)http://www.marketwatch.com/story/boeing-78...0?siteid=yhoof2
787 #1 flew off in a picture perfect departure at about 10:30 PST. This flight will be completed without retracting the landing gear.
The aircraft will land at BFI (Boeing Field) and enter a regimen of flight testing which will lead ultimately to certification. The target date for completion of the certification process is September 2010 with delivery of the first aircraft to ANA following shortly thereafter.
The first six 787aircraft built have been deemed "unsuitable for delivery".
Additional test aircraft (6 more either in work or comleted) will join 787 #1 for the certification tests.