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B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:27 pm

Arriving about 16 minutes late of its anticipated arrival, one of Boeing's Dreamliner's (N7878X?) touched down on RFD's Rwy 25 with little Pomp and Circumstance, due mostly to poor weather. Both the FED and Homeland Security made there presence known well before the plane arrived and thereafter. After its arrival, local political dignitaries and news media swarmed the International Terminal where the 787 is parked. Most notable was the quiet approach of this aircraft (powered by the RR Trent engines) and significant wing flex seen just before touchdown. The plane is smaller than I imagined from photos and videos, but very sleek nonetheless. RFD and Boeing are not allowing the general public on-board during its stay. The aircraft is scheduled for a Wednesday (1/25) departure at 8am. I didn't take photos, but they will available on RFD's facebook page sometime today.

edit: http://www.rrstar.com/blogs/brianlea...6/The-Dreamliner-has-landed-at-RFD (video of landing)

[Edited 2012-01-23 10:22:46]
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:56 pm

I assume it is in Rockford because of Hamilton Sundstrand's presence. HS is one of the largest suppliers on the 787 and I think their Rockford division designed the electrical power generation/distribution system. It's great to let the people who worked on the design see the actual airplane.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:41 pm

Quoting United727 (Thread starter):
RFD and Boeing are not allowing the general public on-board during its stay.

But a local TV station captured these two reports with video:

Courtesy: WREX-TV - Includes Video Report

Dreamliner Lands In Rockford To Cheers From Workers & Public

http://www.wrex.com/story/16583299/d...ford-to-cheers-from-workers-public

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Courtesy: WREX-TV - Includes Video Report

Inside Boeing's 787 Dreamliner During A Stop In Rockford

http://www.wrex.com/story/16583721/i...eamliner-during-a-stop-in-rockford
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 3:44 pm

Quoting United727 (Thread starter):
(N7878X?)

N787BX, ZA003, the "marketing tour" aircraft, repainted in updated Dreamliner livery for the marketing tour.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 4:26 pm

Thanks for the tail number correction...couldn't get close enough for a good read. This ship #3?
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:19 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 1):

I assume it is in Rockford because of Hamilton Sundstrand's presence. HS is one of the largest suppliers on the 787 and think their Rockford division designed the electrical power generation/distribution system. It's great to let the people who worked on the design see the actual airplane.


That is exactly why it is there. Next up on this segment of the tour are Dublin, Huntsville, AL & St. Louis.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:36 pm

Quoting ups707 (Reply 5):

That is exactly why it is there. Next up on this segment of the tour are Dublin, Huntsville, AL & St. Louis.

Does anyone happen to know when the 787 will visit STL? I'd love to try to catch it, if possible.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:36 pm

Any idea of the flight ID they used inbound. Am going to be looking out for it to depart so I can spot it inbound to Dublin.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:42 pm

Quoting United727 (Reply 4):
This ship #3?

Correct. Boeing doesn't plan to sell the first three frames to customers, and their intensive testing is done. They've retired #1 pending donation to a museum. #2 is being held in reserve for the moment in case it's needed for extra testing. #3 is undertaking a big marketing tour.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:10 pm

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 7):
Any idea of the flight ID they used inbound. Am going to be looking out for it to depart so I can spot it inbound to Dublin.

This whole tour has been flown using BOE787 as the callsign. Segment 3 is showing as Bangkok and Singapore, the website hasn't been updated to show anything beyond that yet.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:07 am

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 8):
#3 is undertaking a big marketing tour.

Correct and also confirmed at RFD was that ship 3 will be put in reserve after this PR campaign is complete. The Boeing official also noted that ships 5 and 6 (equipped with the GE motors) are doing well in the certification process and that should be complete shortly. The Boeing VP of the 787 program was nice enough to come to the fence and talk to us earlier today!

Boeing MX began their pre-flight check this afternoon around 1500 and the crew will be in place at 0600 tomorrow morning to prepare for their O/B to DUB as BOE787
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:25 am

Two United pilots fly 787 for first time
Posted January 23, 2012

For the first time, a Boeing 787 took off with a United pilot at the controls. On Monday, Flight Operations Managing Director Jim Starley and Boeing 777 Assistant Fleet Manager Niels Olufsen each had a turn on the flight deck on Boeing Flight 787 from McConnell Air Force Base near Wichita, Kan., to Rockford, Ill.

Capt. Niels Olufsen, left, our Boeing 777 assistant fleet manager, and Capt. Jim Starley, right, our flight operations managing director, on Monday became the first two United pilots to fly the Boeing 787.

"This is very exciting for me and especially for the company," said Niels. "I wish all of our pilots and ground instructors could have been here. It's a beautiful airplane."

The flight took just over an hour and cruised at 35,000 feet. Niels took off and flew the first half of the flight. Jim took over and landed at 10:06 a.m.

"Up to this point, the airplane has just been something that is coming," Jim added. "Now that we've gotten to fly it, it's a reality, and we are excited about putting this into service later this year."

Both Jim and Niels are type-rated on the 787 through simulator work.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:05 am

Quoting robo65 (Reply 11):
Two United pilots fly 787 for first time
Posted January 23, 2012

legally when quoting a publication, one should give credit by citing the name and date or at least link to the page.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:10 am

Quoting robo65 (Reply 11):
Two United pilots fly 787 for first time

Would that be two CO pilots fly 787 for first time to be more accurate ? CO's 787 is due for flying IAH-AKL sometime this year, whereas UA's 787 wouldn't even come until 2016
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:28 am

Quoting kanban (Reply 12):

This was printed in the United daily on Monday January 3rd. United Daily Is a employee newsletter printed Mon-Fri.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:36 am

Quoting ORDnHKG (Reply 13):

Yes it is actually CO pilots however the story came from the United Daily and they are listed as UA pilots. There is no actual UA pilots that have had any training on 787. The first two original routes planned for the 787 were AKL and LOS.
With the delays no new start up dates have been announced. UA will receive 6 787's this year, the first being in June or July. They will be flown domestically for a short period before starting international routes. LOS has stated with a 772ER for now as a replacement until the 787's arrive.
 
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RE: B788 Arrives At Chicago Rockford International

Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:48 am

The voice-over on one of the TV news reports said the 787 burns 20% of the fuel that a conventional aircraft does. I'm sure he meant 20% 'less', which is a whole different number.
 
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