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Boeing 787 First Flight

Aviator C

Our friends at the Boeing Company sent us this head's up for the 787's first flight.

The Boeing Company is proud to announce the window for first flight is planned to open at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. This date is dependent upon final internal reviews, taxi test and receiving the final experimental ticket from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. We’d like to invite you to view this achievement via the World Wide Web. Our Web site will present a live broadcast of the takeoff, landing and post-flight press conference. You can access this site at or  

When you access or, look for a banner like the one contained in this e-mail. The banner will display more information on the timing for first flight. The Web site will go live 24 hours prior to takeoff. The site features information about the airplane and our customers, partners and employees. It also will share videos highlighting other historic first flights and offer a behind-the-scenes look at flight testing. 

The Web presentation will begin as the airplane start to taxi to the runway. A Boeing host will set the stage for takeoff. After the airplane leaves the ground, the Web site will carry live updates on flight status. The flight may last as long as three to five hours, so you will probably want to check back often. As the airplane prepares to land, the Boeing host will return and the landing and press conference will be carried live.  

Please note that first flights are dynamic in nature and issues such as poor weather may affect timing. Please check the Web site for updates. We hope that you and your colleagues will join us in celebrating the first flight of Boeing’s most advanced commercial airplane.