Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paine Field September 30

Egypt Air SU-GDN returning to the Boeing ramp after a photo flight.

Five airplanes at the fuel dock.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Paine Field September 29

BOEING 522 747-8F N50217 and T-38 N38FT were on the flutter track this afternoon working the oscillation problem.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Paine Field September 28

WE023 Egypt Air SU-GDN first flight.

SU-GDN returns from first flight for a low approach and full stop landing.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paine Field September 27

787 number 22 in ATS Hangar 3.

Rolls Royce 787 engine outside the 40-24.

Air Algerie 7T-VKD low approach.

WF121 FedEx N883FD returning from first flight.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

747-8F Update

BOEING 522 747-8F N50217 departed Moses Lake this afternoon and worked in the flutter track for about six hours before returning to Grant County shortly after 7 pm.

See exclusive photos from Royal S King at Moses Lake here

Paine Field September 25

Turkish Airlines TC-JJE inbound from the Portland paint hangar.

N124DT at Castle and Cooke.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Paine Field September 24

Control surface actuator tests were conducted on N787ZA in the afternoon.

N747EX landed at 1753z, was fueled at the compass rose, then departed for Grant County Airport.

JAL 767 JA652J and a Volga-Dnepr 747-8F at the fuel dock.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Paine Field September 23

FAA reps were on board N787ZA as engines were run for 50 minutes this afternoon.

From the Everett Herald: Boeing train collides with truck in Everett.

Egypt Air SU-GDN move from the fuel dock to the flightline.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Paine Field September 22

Nippon Cargo Airlines 747-8F ready to be moved from the factory to the flightline. An Atlas Air 747 will then be moved to the number one position.

A Volga-Dnepr 747-8F is moved from the flightline to the fuel dock.

Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8F B-LJA on the flightline.

V Australia 777 in the 40-24.

787s 16 and 10 in front of the 40-51.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paine Field September 21

YF265 American Airlines 737 on a B-1 flight from Renton came in for a touch and go and low approach before recovering at Boeing Field.

N780BA is moved from the fuel dock to the airport terminal ramp.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Paine Field September 20

WF087 returning from a test flight.


N747BC inbound from Charleston. The LCF was parked at the compass rose, fueled, then departed to Nagoya in the evening.

N747BC, N718BA, N780BA, and N249BA.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

787 Moves

Dreamliners 10 and 16 for LAN Airlines have been moved from the flightline to the 40-51 apron.

787s number 16 and number 10.

ANA 787 JA806A is moved from the compass rose to stall 101.

ANA 787 JA809A is moved from stall 202 to stall 115.

Load testing continued on the fatigue test 787, cruise and final descent loads were applied to the test article today.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Paine Field September 16

Load test conditions on the fatigue test 787 began at 8:20 this morning and continued all day.

A 787 fuselage was unloaded on September 15.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paine Field September 14

Fuel tank nitrogen generation system test is completed on Dreamliner Six N787ZA.

Japan Airlines JA651J returning from a test flight.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Paine Field September 13

ANA 787 JA806A has been moved in front of the 40-51, ZA006 N787ZA is in the fuel dock undergoing leak checks with a fuel load of 90,000 pounds.

Historic Flight Foundation's B-25

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Paine Field September 11

ZA006 N787ZA has been moved to the fuel dock and ANA 787 JA806A has been moved to stall 103. According to John Gillie at The Olympian, ZA006 will be used to test resistance to lightning and other electromagnetic interference.

Japan Airlines JA651J first flight.

JA651J returning from first flight.

N718BA inbound from Charleston.

N249BA was moved to Kilo North on Friday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Paine Field September 8

N780BA is moved from Kilo North to the compass rose for an engine run...

...then to F-2 at the fuel dock.

Fatigue test 787 at the 40-41 Building on September 8.

The airplane was moved out of the factory on January 30, 2010 and moved to the test rig the next day.

The fatigue test 787 is moved from the 40-24 to the flightline November 16, 2009.

While the credentialed media were looking at arcane metal pieces for the 1000th 767 in the 40-24 building, the Skyline Photo staff  surveyed the back of the building. The truss on the ground apparently will be set on the two completed columns alongside the door which is being built on the ground in the parking lot on the north side of the factory. When 787s are assembled in the 40-24, the 767s will be assembled in the 40-32 and then moved out the back of the factory to the flightline. See diagram below:

The northwest corner of the 40-54 is being removed to allow airplanes to be moved around the corner.

Dreamliner Six Engine Run

9:00 am

N787ZA is being prepared for an initial engine run this morning, probably within the next hour.

Update 12:08 pm

Initial engine run began at 12:08 pm and was completed at 12:56 pm.

Monday, September 6, 2010


On September 3 UPS 747-400 N571UP crashed near Dubai Airport, the Captain and First Officer died in the crash. UPS has released a statement about the accident.

UPS N571UP landing at Paine Field after first flight September 21, 2007.

UPS9700 delivery flight to Louisville October 11, 2007.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Paine Field September 4

Cathay Pacific Cargo B-LJA just out of the paint hangar. The next 747-8F to come out of the factory is for Nippon Cargo Airlines.

B-LJB and B-LJA.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Paine Field September 3

FedEx N854FD delivery flight to Memphis.

Medium bomber, Large Cargo Freighter, and Zeppelin N704LZ at Kilo North.

Historic Flight Foundation's B-25

A B-25 lost in the Libyan desert, five ghosts, and William Shatner - Sole Survivor

N747BC ready to depart for Charleston. A 787 horizontal stabilizer SME was loaded on the airplane on September 2.

ZA006 Update

10:00 am

ZA006 is being fueled, the APU will be started, and the 787 will be moved to the compass rose and then stall 103.