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Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:19 am

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE4

This has been done to great effect in the past. The flight duration seems a bit short for "artwork" of this scale though.

What's the special occasion?
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:24 am

Are we sure it's a 788 and not a 787-10? Flightaware isn't always the most accurate for getting aircraft type right.

If it is, indeed, a 788, I would guess that the reason is that some or the other modification is being tested -- no special occasion really.
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:28 am

Im pretty sure its just a publicity act. They are making a giant airplane with the route.
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:35 am

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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:42 am

As with all the previous flights, there will be a reason behind it ... usually testing something or for certification purposes.

I'm pretty sure that no company is going to spend the hundreds of thousands required to do this just to create PR buzz -- especially not in today's world where the backlash of flying an empty plane for hours for no reason other than PR will undo any good PR generated.

Sure, if you have to fly for X hours to test something, there's no reason to not have some fun planning/doing it ... but they would have been doing the flight anyway ... whether it drew the outline of an aircraft or flew in a straight line, turned around and flew back.
 
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N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:43 am

Interesting flight plan for N7874 drawing the shape of a 787. What is this about ?

https://www.flightradar24.com/BOE004/e54ad6b
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:01 am

That's quite a long flight.
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:21 am

holy cow, that is a long test flight!! What would require a 15+ hour test flight on a 787-8 at this point?
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:22 am

Wow… What a pointless waste of… I don't know what.
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:01 am

That's pretty amazing to fly so long and basically get nowhere! They're lucky they haven't had any weather deviations — there is some weather going on up on Minnesota, but hopefully they'll skirt around that. That would be pretty unfortunate to get to the end and screw up the drawing because of thunderstorms!

Peeter wrote:
Wow… What a pointless waste of… I don't know what.

Why? They have to test the endurance of their aircraft and systems anyway, why not make a PR stunt out of it? It's not like they wouldn't be flying anyway.
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:07 am

Better hope THAT 787 doesn't crash Lmao
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:12 am

I sure a TV station will pick it up. One of the better avaiation things I've seen this year.
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:43 am

I love it :D
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:44 am

While it is quite amazing, I don't see why it would need to fly for so long. It's a 787-8 which has been in service for a while now although it does look like it has T1000 TEN engines on it. Still seems like a large sum of money lost on crew, fuel and other costs.
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:50 am

Its an ETOPS proving flight for the -TEN engines
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:53 am

It's a good job it was not going to be a 787-10

They would have run out of gas.

Too much Tennessee Whiskey in the APU area though.
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:56 am

Looks more like a 77L.
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:59 am

bthebest wrote:
Its an ETOPS proving flight for the -TEN engines


and / or has something to do with this...(?)

https://worldairlinenews.com/tag/n7874/
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:01 pm

DSM is due for storms in 20 mins so I suspect weather deviations will be in order for the back side of the right wing....
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:14 pm

Still over 4 hrs of flying left, according to the flight plan...
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:38 pm

I think there was a post here during 747-8 flight testing where they drew the numbers 747 across the country. They might have done that during earlier 787 tests as well. If they have to do a long test flight, it has to beat flying around in boring circles.
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:38 pm

Looks like the drawing shows the aircraft traveling from Charleston to Seattle
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:34 pm

Currently at 43,000 ft heading back to Seattle.

Will be aloft for around 17 hours or so.
Awesome!
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:46 pm

Pretty cool PR stunt
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:13 pm

Confirming design of the new Etch-a-sketch navigation interface.
 
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:15 pm

BlatantEcho wrote:
Currently at 43,000 ft heading back to Seattle.

Will be aloft for around 17 hours or so.
Awesome!


According to FR24 flight time will 18hrs1min
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:42 pm

It's down. Whoo boy that's a long flight.
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:48 pm

Nice, just one engine needs little bit of rework.
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:21 pm

Can you imagine filing that flight plan? :lol:
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:08 pm

What fun you can have when somebody else is paying for the fuel and the only mission requirement is 18 hours in the air.
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:53 pm

dtw2hyd wrote:
Nice, just one engine needs little bit of rework.


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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:18 pm

Airbus immediately responded to the Boeing 787 drawing, at 1:00 pm an A350 took off and created this drawing:

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http://www.luchtzak.be/manufacturers/ai ... t-drawing/
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:22 pm

BelAviaFan wrote:
Airbus immediately responded to the Boeing 787 drawing, at 1:00 pm an A350 took off and created this drawing:

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http://www.luchtzak.be/manufacturers/ai ... t-drawing/


EK has been tracking both flights and confirms will give its opinion next November :D
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:23 pm

Gota love photoshop skills.
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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:24 pm

bthebest wrote:
Its an ETOPS proving flight for the -TEN engines


Yep:

In case you’re wondering, this was an ETOPS and systems functionality and reliability test for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Ten engine.


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Re: N7874 drawing the shape of a 787 in the sky

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:04 pm

avi8tir wrote:
holy cow, that is a long test flight!! What would require a 15+ hour test flight on a 787-8 at this point?


There might be any number of things going on. Even after production, test programs continue as PIPs and other upgrades are in the pipeline.

When these long-duration flights are conducted and they require no specific destination or flight path (just time aloft), Boeing often flies their aircraft in creative patterns. This serves some PR purpose, but mostly is meant to keep the crew occupied with something so as to promote situational awareness and alertness.

A few years ago, one of these endurance flights on a 748i traced a path that overflew all 48 continental states, touching each state (except WA) just once.

When the test flights require landings, crews have flown to very unusual airports to get, say, a corned beef sandwich from their favorite deli in Michigan or that sort of thing. The airplane has to be flown, landed, inspected, fueled, and then flown again. So it costs absolutely nothing extra to land at some obscure, but otherwise suitable airport and go grab lunch from your favorite BBQ place in Memphis. It helps keep the crew happy and motivated and has few, if any drawbacks. So Boeing allows (and even kind of encourages) it.
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:13 pm

What a flight! I guess with all the direction changes, it would have given the pilots something to do. Very cool.
 
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:03 pm

BelAviaFan wrote:
Airbus immediately responded to the Boeing 787 drawing, at 1:00 pm an A350 took off and created this drawing:


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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:04 am

Look closely. Nose is pointed at Washington, tail at South Carolina. Where Boeing assembles its 787s.
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:06 am

dtw2hyd wrote:
Nice, just one engine needs little bit of rework.


Too much Tennessee Whiskey in the APU area too.
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Re: Boeing Test/Publicity Flight (BOE4/787-8) Over US Now.

Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:55 pm

I made the mistake of reading the comments on non aviation sites/FB that are talking about this flight and I could feel myself losing brain cells. Just a bunch of people who clearly didn't bother to take a second to read the article and understand what this flight was about and that it was being done by Boeing and not "the airlines".

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