2/16/2007 - TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The second Boeing
747-400 Dreamlifter completed its first flight earlier
today in Taipei. The Dreamlifter is a specially
modified 747-400 used to transport the major composite
structures of the all-new 787 Dreamliner.
Piloted by Boeing Flight Test Pilots Jerry Whites and
Gary Meiser, the Dreamlifter took off from Taiwan
Taoyuan International Airport at 10:34 a.m. and flew
for three hours and eight minutes. The airplane --
already wearing the distinctive white and blue livery
of the Dreamlifter fleet -- handled well during the
This Dreamlifter is expected in Washington State
within the next few weeks. The first of the unique
fleet arrived in September 2006.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corp., part of
Taiwan's Evergreen Group, is modifying the fleet of
three airplanes at its facility at the airport. The
first Dreamlifter delivered the first 787 major
assemblies from Nagoya, Japan, to Charleston, S.C.,
After several delays late last year, the
Dreamlifter's flight test program is proceeding well,
with certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration expected over the next few months.
Already the Dreamlifter has completed more than 1,000
hours of flight and ground testing combined.
"The delays we experienced earlier in the flight test
program will not impact our overall 787 schedule,"
said Scott Strode, vice president of Airplane
Definition and Production for the 787 program. "The
entire global logistics system, including the
Dreamlifter's mobile tail support and cargo loader, is
working extremely well."
Source: Boeing Press Release