MIAMI — The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies over Washington for the very first time exactly five years ago today. Despite major delays that caused the first flight to occur two years behind schedule, December 15, 2009 was a dream come true for Boeing.
The maiden flight departed Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington at 10:27 am PST, and it landed at Boeing Field in King County, Washington at 1:35 pm PST. Although the weather shortened the first flight by an hour, it did not diminish the employees’ and media’s morale who lined the runways in awe to watch the 787 take to the skies for the very first time.
First flights are always a huge milestone for an aircraft manufacturer. They signify technological innovations, thousands of employees coming together to make what seems like the impossible become a reality, and much more.
The 787 first flight signified more than a first flight milestone for Boeing. The manufacturer was finally able to get its 787 test flight program started, and the Dreamliner became the first brand new Boeing family aircraft to take to the skies in more than a decade.
Unfortunately, the aircraft manufacture would continue to face many headaches and setbacks to get the aircraft ready for commercial service, but now, the aircraft is in service with more than a dozen customers carrying passengers to their destinations every day.
A little over three years ago, Boeing retired ZA001 (the aircraft that flew the 787s maiden flight) to Palmdale, California. During its life, it was the workhorse of the fleet; it flew more than 500 flights that totaled more than 1,326 hours.
Enjoy the videos of the first take off and landing below: