Go to one of Matt's video scans of the flight line and start counting. There are 4 to 5 787's visible at any given time as they move around in and out of paint, the fueling dock and into and out of the temporary hangar.
Each shipset arrived from the subs more complete than the last. So while ZA002 was twice as ready as ZA001 (in other words, half-ready as opposed to zero-ready) and ZA003 was better than ZA002, it was still less-complete on shipment than ZA004. I don't think the shipsets were fully-complete until around ZA005 or ZA006, which is why they were bolted together quite quickly (in comparison).
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21314 posts, RR: 60 Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3129 times:
Quoting Rheinbote (Reply 9): According to the flight test schedule Boeing has issued to the press the order is LN1-LN2-LN4-LN3-LN5-LN6
Cool. Thanks for the info.
It wouldn't be surprising to see it slip to 1,2,4,5,3,6, though. I guess they are now confident that #4 is ahead of #5. That wasn't the case before the latest structural fix delay, but I guess they are applying the fixes in 4-5 order so 4 will be done before 5 no matter what, and both frames are otherwise complete.
#3, on the other hand, had a lot of interior and systems work to do and I believe it was the one with the cracked holes around interior wing fasteners, but don't quote me on that... Either way, the 6 month additional day likely gave Boeing opportunity to catch #3 up a bit.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.