Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cathay Pacific 777 Flyby Anniversary

January 30, 2008. After a delivery ceremony at Paine Field, the captain of Cathay Pacific Airlines 777 B-KPF copies clearance to Hong Kong and requests to stay in the pattern for a flyby. After a routine departure to the south, the 777 turns north, then south for an approach on 16R. This was no ordinary flyby, the daredevil pilot buzzed the tower 50 off the deck with the gear up. The crowd cheered, airport officials leered, but everyone at Paine Field remembers this delivery flight.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paine Field January 29

747-8 Intercontinental RC001 at the fuel dock.

787 line 23 ZA177 JA822J.

787 ZA102 left in the afternoon on a test flight and conducted alternate gear extend conditions with T-33 N109X between Hoquiam and Astoria.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Paine Field January 28

Air India 787 VT-ANC was moved out of the 45-03 paint hangar to stall 114.
Inside the factory:
Air New Zealand 777 ZK-OKN and Air India 787 VT-ANA are in the 40-24. Early Friday morning ANA 767 line 1000 was moved from the 40-24 to the 40-32 and is facing north. The floor of the 40-32 was recently painted white, it looks really sharp. In the 40-36 it looks like most of the fuselage sections and wings for 787 line 33 are in the building.

On the flightline:
VHF radio checks were conducted on 787 ZA177 line 23 Japan Airlines JA822J this evening.

ZA102 N1006F returning from a test flight. ZA001 N787BA had landed 15 minutes earlier, taxied to the A1 intersection and remained there for two hours before departing to Boeing Field.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Paine Field January 27

WE132 Turkish Airlines TC-JJK returning to the Boeing ramp after a B1 flight.

Tigercat Takeoff from Matt Cawby on Vimeo.

Historic Flight Foundation's F7F Tigercat. They have a MiG-29 in the hangar this week:

747-8F RC523 N6009F move from the flightline to the 45-04 paint hangar for weighing.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Paine Field January 26

Engines are being hung on the 747-8F in stall 202. One engine was damaged while being positioned under the wing.

ZA102 N1006F is moved to stall 102 after returning from a test flight.

N1006F did a touch and go and an auto landing.

N747BC off Paine Field to Wichita.

Flashback: October 7, 2006. BOE876 N747BC lands at Paine Field for the first time.

Ethiopian Airlines 777 ET-ANP departed at 9:55 PM on a delivery flight to Sea-Tac Airport.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Paine Field January 25

ZA102 N1006F returning from the first of two flights today.

VF954 Japan Airlines JA654J returning from first flight.

FedEx 777F N884FD move from the paint hangar to the fuel dock.

Monday, January 24, 2011

787 Update January 24

On the Everett flightline this morning is 787 line 23, Japan Airlines JA822J. This Dreamliner has engines installed and there are quite a few people working on the airplane. So let's see. 787 line numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 have flown. Line 8 is in Bay 3 of ATS Hangar 3. The only other 787 in Everett with engines is line 23, and it appears like it is being readied for flight next. Hmm. Why would Boeing skip over airplanes 10 through 22 and fly 23 next?

JAL 787s line 20 and 21 at Kilo North.

Turkish Airlines TC-JJK was moved to the compass rose after an initial engine run this evening.

Turkish Airlines TC-JJJ delivery flight to Istanbul.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Paine Field January 22

YT007 USN P-8A BuNo 167955 on a B1 flight from Renton came in for a touch and go, a low approach, then went to Boeing Field.

VHF and HF radio checks were conducted on 747-8F RC523 N6009F this afternoon.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Paine Field January 21

RT573 Cargolux LX-ACV low approach and then on to Boeing Field.

747-8F Low Approach from Matt Cawby on Vimeo.

RC503 Cargolux N5573S came in for a low approach, landed, then took off again. FAA rep on the airplane today.

Southwest Airlines N553WN returning to ATS after a functional check flight. Ex Virgin Blue VH-VBR.

ZA102 N1006F on the flightline.

Air India 787 VT-ANB line 26 is moved from the factory to stall 119, VT-ANA line 25 on the left was then moved to the 40-24. On the right is ZA102 N1006F undergoing an engine run.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paine Field January 20

Air Austral F-OREU delivery flight.

N718BA ready for a flight to Charleston on January 19.

Flashback: February 9, 2010. N718BA, the fourth Dreamlifter, landing at Paine Field for the first time, non-stop from Evergreen Aviation in Taipei.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ZA102 First Flight

ZA102 comes out of the Boeing ramp, does a high speed taxi, then departs on a B-1 flight. Shortly after departure they canceled the IFR clearance to Grant County Airport and flew VFR over the Olympic Peninsula, then returned to Paine Field shortly before 5 PM.

787 N1006F Low Approach from Matt Cawby on Vimeo.

ZA102 inbound for a low approach. Note that RAT is not deployed.

N1006F returning from first flight.

Line 10 was moved out of the tent to stall 115, line 13 ANA JA806A was moved from stall 109 to the tent.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Paine Field January 18

ANA 767 JA621A taxis to RWY 34L for a delivery flight to Tokyo.

N780BA is moved from the flightline to Kilo North.

Flashback: April 18, 2007 1558z N780BA lands at Paine Field for the first time, flight number BOE632.

787 line 10 in the side of body modification tent. 787 line 13 ANA JA806A was moved from stall 115 to 109 this afternoon.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Paine Field January 17

ZA102 N1006F on the flightline at 2 PM. No flight today, maybe Tuesday.

The cover is being removed from the 787 side of body modification tent. Line 10 is inside and will probably be moved outside in a couple of days.

On October 30, 2010 787 line 12 ANA JA805A was moved out of the tent and line 10 moved inside.

WD915 KLM PH-BVF high speed taxi and takeoff.

PH-BVF returning from first flight. The 777 will be ferried to Portland on Tuesday for painting.

WD103 Ethiopian Airlines ET-ANP first flight.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

787 Update January 15

The ninth 787 ZA102 N1006F on the Boeing ramp. First flight is planned for Monday, January 17.

BOEING 503 Cargolux 747-8F N5573S has just landed and turned onto RWY 11 and is headed back to the Boeing ramp after returning from Grant County.

Japan Airlines JA654J at the fuel dock.