SUCCESS! The plane was AMAZING taking off. Above is my video of the event. Everyone was cheering as the 787 flew over us. It will conduct 5hrs of tests and then land south down at Boeing field in Renton, WA. It was wonderful to be a part of this event, thank you to the Future of Flight for having me.
Other media: * All my Flickr pictures * Follow the first flight on Flight Aware * Watch the take off on KIRO7 * Watch it on KING5 * FlightBlogger video * Good rundown of this morning and the test flight via Aviation Week * Seattle PI photo gallery * Air to air photos by Boeing * Air to air video via KING5
UPDATE 12:37pm: Boeing is reporting that the first flight will end early, landing at Boeing Field at 1pm. No official word from Boeing why the flight is ending early, but Boeing said they might end early. Could be weather, it has gotten much worse since liftoff.
UPDATE 2:38pm: Been watching the live news conference (I stayed up north and didn’t go down to the landing) via Boeing’s website. These pilots are awesome. They said the flight went perfect and can’t wait to get in the air again!
UPDATE nextday: I have had a lot of people ask “why should I care?” I answered that question with a new blog.