Boeing 787 Completes Maiden Flight

By: Abby Barnett Email
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December 15, 2009

Deteriorating weather prompter the Boeing Co. to cut short the first flight of its new 787 jetliner.

The dreamliner landed about half an hour early at about 3:30 p.m. because steady rain has closed in and visibility is dropping at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Gunter says the flight has gone well, with the crew able to
conduct testing of the landing gear, flaps and other equipment.

Here in Wichita, hundreds of Spirit workers who helped make the forward part of the fuselage cheered as this plane made it down the runway taking off into Seattle skies.

Workers here said seeing this plane fly gives them a sense of accomplishment and also a sense of job security.

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The first flight of Boeing's 787 is ending a little earlier than expected.

Spokeswoman Mary Hanson said it will land about 3 p.m. CST
Tuesday at Boeing Field in Seattle. That's about an hour earlier
than planned.

Although Boeing has not said why the flight will end ahead of
schedule, another spokeswoman said the company always said the
plane could come back early.

The plane took off about 12:30 p.m. from Paine Field near the
factory in Everett.


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