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CoolPix - Airliners: GE Powered 787 With Mount Rainier (Gorgeous!)

(click pic for hi-res)  photo: Boeing

 This is ZA005, the 5th 787 to fly, but it's the first one to fly with the General Electric GEnx engines. The first flight actually took place on June 16th, 2010, and this fab pic over Mount Rainier may have been on that same day. Regardless of when it was taken, it sure is a great sight to see, especially when you click the pic to make it big.

 The schedule for the first 787 deliveries has recently been pushed back (again), this time for just a few weeks to February 2011, but overall it appears that flight testing has been going well. The recent failure of a Rolls Royce Trent engine at the RR facility however is definitely adding some drama to the 787 delay saga. Check out this Aviation Week story for more info on the engine failure.

 If you're like me and running a little behind on your 787 test program details, check out this Flightblogger link for loads of great 787 tagged posts, and also Boeing's for all kinds of interesting details that track the individual aircraft in the flight test program.

 I'm really looking forward to the 787 program moving past the flight test phase and into actual airline service just so we can finally see one with a really great paint job! (I know, I know, you've had enuf of me and my ideas about paint jobs lately : )


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