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787 Test Flight Draws Boeing’s Logo in Sky

by John Reed on February 10, 2012

Ok, so this isn’t quite a defense-related post, but it’s Friday and this is pretty damned cool. The screenshot above is from FlightAware and it shows the flight-path made by one of Boeing’s 787 test jets during a 19 + hour test flight last night and this morning. Yup, the jet flew in a pattern that formed Boeing’s corporate logo — inherited from McDonnell Douglas when the two companies merged in the ‘90s — in the skies over the Great Plains states (what kind of pun was that!?).

The systems functionality and reliability flight of 787 ZA236 – that spanned half the continental U.S. – is one of the final test flights to certify the pairing of the 787 airframe with those massive GE GEnx-1B engines. If you look closely, you can also see the numbers 787 traced out in the flight path to the left of the company’s logo. This sky-branding a Boeing trick that has been used before with 747–8, according to Flight’s Jon Ostrower.

Happy weekend!

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Prodozul February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

"in the skies over the Great Plains states (what kind of pun was that!?)."

A terrible one…

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blight February 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

No flights today apparently, according to the flightaware data.

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LtSam February 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

How is that a pun?

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blight February 10, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Didn't realize old logos were puns.

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MGC February 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Great Planes over the Great Plains now do you get it LT its a real mind tease :-S

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4FingerOfBourbourn February 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I would of flew a big 'who give a s$3iT'…..in something much more sexy than a 787….

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fewrwrw February 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

bet you the pilot was tempted to draw a penis

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Lance February 11, 2012 at 2:34 am

Pretty cool go Boeing!!!

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Tom February 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I dig Boeing for that.

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Jacob February 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I can't imagine that was fun for the pilot.

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chockblock February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Reminds me of the stunt the 707 pilot did over the Seattle boat races. "Tex" Johnson did a barrel roll over the boat race in the brand new 707 prototype. Cue Boeing's president almost going into shock. The 707 did it flawlessly (of course Johnson almost got fired). Sales skyrocketed and the rest is history.

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Dan Gao February 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

Nice plane. Great to see some innovation going on in aviation.

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James W February 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

How does the guy eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?

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Daniel Gorun February 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I'm sure he wasn't by himself in there.

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