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First SC built 787 makes its first flight

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"Boeing Co ‘s first South Carolina-made 787 Dreamliner lifted off the ground at about 12:04 p.m. today, a soaring achievement for the company’s North Charleston campus and for the state’s aviation ambitions." (www.postandcourier.com) More...

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Boeing78786
Ryan Snell 9
It was a great day here at the factory to watch it leave and do a bunch of touch and gos and low approaches. First flight has made it in the record books here in SC
Boeing78786
Ryan Snell 2
I posted a couple of pics of it taxi in to the delivery center
bishops90
Brian Bishop 2
I'm gonna be at Litchfield Beach week after next. Maybe they'll do a low altitude fly-by of The Grand Strand! Might scare the crap out of the banner planes.... :-)
lee522
XD what part of the plant do you work in?
billmcneel
Bill McNeel 4
Congratulations to the Boeing Co. and all the men & women who helped put this baby into the air, She looks very nice !!!
lee522
Hey Ryan, also, Thank you for both you and the entire plant staff in KCHS for build the best aircraft in the world! :D
charlotte96
justin martin 3
I am reday to go down there this weekend and hopefully get to see it fly
Boeing78786
Ryan Snell 3
It's a thanks to everyone who built, supplied, and supported the program.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Where do you live Justin. I'm in Greenville SC.
charlotte96
justin martin 2
I live in Charlotte, but I have family there and I'm going to visit them this weekend, i actually got to see the first 787 come to charleston last summer.
philliploposser
I'm in CLT too Justin. Would love to get out this weekend and hit road to the factory. I don't think I'll be able to swing it though. Take pictures while you're there man!
charlotte96
justin martin 1
I will try my best.
preacher1
preacher1 -3
I'm ashamed of you guys. Ya'll there in CLT. Ya'll ought to be big ole Airbus fans what with the US hub there and all, and here ya'll are praising Boeing.LOL my, my
charlotte96
justin martin 2
the only airbus' i like is the A330s, DLH's A340-600, and the 320s. I'm a boeing fan all the way though, they make some really beautiful planes.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Easy there ol' buddy!
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Get on them Preacherman
preacher1
preacher1 0
I just couldn't resist a little dose of sarcasm!LOL Besides that, it's gettin' close to my bedtime. You know how us old men are.

BTW, I got my waiver yesterday, finally, so I guess I'm good for another round or 2. i found me some other fill in stuff to do where I don't have to put up with them line dogs anyway.All that was about to end anyway. They just hastened it a little.LOL

bishops90
Brian Bishop 2
Lol. I knew where you were coming from. Congrats on the new ticket!!
preacher1
preacher1 1
You know, I'm a Boeing guy too, but in reality, maybe it's me or my feelings about 4 engines but that 340 is one fine looking machine, plumb graceful. I might have to break down and try and type in one some day if the opportunity ever arises.LOL
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Hey, I posted some pretty good pics of a DC87 freighter that comes to town fairly regularly. 'Nother nice lookin bird. They bring auto parts from Europe to BMW.
preacher1
preacher1 0
Question: I was asking you here while back if the birds on your profile were the ones you flew, and you said yeas, but earlier back you said you were flying for a small 121 company out of Teeterboro. Ya'll scheduled with equipment like that. That looks Exec style.LOL,
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 2
I had said 135, u gotta start eating more carrot cake Preacherman, helps the vision. How's the porch and sweet tea treating you, did you go get the medical?
preacher1
preacher1 1
Just fine on the treatment.LOL Medical went OK. See below, I got the waiver just day before yesterday, so if anybody wants a grumpy old man for a day or 2, I'm good to go.LOL
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Good to hear you got your medical stamped. Congrats.
ace42u
Lynn Martin 2
From The Bridge 105.5 and 98Rock,
Congratulations Boeing SC workers.
preacher1
preacher1 2
Brian: you posted a wondrful story about aviation. We all have our own political views and it seems that they all manage to get intertwined and filter in to any conversation. I am as guilty as anyone else. It seems that the bottom part of this thread has and will further degenerate into a political discussion rather than much of anything about aviation. Judging from the mindsets that will not be changed with any amount of rhetoric or argument, I'll say congrats on post of the week and I'm outa here.

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preacher1
preacher1 2
Well said my friend. After that 14 hours and keeping the dirty side down, go have that beer. You have earned it, and hopefully have brought a touch of that long forgotten thing, common sense to this string.
TXCAVU
Monte, thank you for the astute observation. I'm sure the 27,000 HP employees and 14,000 A/A employees, wish they had somewhere to go. If Boeing can't deliver...another country will.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Gal, you are just so right it ain't even funny. A person can go on politics on whichever side they choose, but as we have moved into a global economy, people are going to have to realize that competition is the name of the game and life doesn't owe them a living, that Europe builds Airplanes too. I haven't understood the HP deal yet but that started last year with a very stupid(IMHO)management decision to get out of the hardware market. They had the top selling product in the world and were the darling of Wall St, and they decided they could do better in software. What we see today is the end result. Sad
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
Monte, thank you for your well reasoned and experienced opinion. As my friend preacher says below, your sensibility is somewhat of a rarity at times. Cheers!
AviatorLEO
AviatorLEO 1
Very nicely articulated, Monte. Safe travels always! ;-)
MIKESWICK
MIKE SWICK -1
I really fail to see your point- apparently you are a conservative because you tout the previous administrations "success" in the business forum. Nopw correct me if I am wrong- conservatives ae for "less governemnt" invovlemtn in the business world and I have seen no adverse actions by this administration that would affect either Cessna or any other manufacturers. Can you please be more specific?
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
It has taken me 5 months to decide to reply to your inane comment, but here goes. Of course I am a conservative, the wagon trains didn't have food stamps, government support or social security. The right to fend for yourself these days seems to only entitle you to pay more taxes for those who won't. Again, this is not a political forum, so don't condemn my belief that I should pay my own rent and take care of my own. If you liberals are so magnanimous, then pay for it out of your pocket, not mine. If you know anything about aviation, which I doubt, you are extremely Myopic. If such is the case then go find another forum or do some homework.
jackklim
Jack Klim 2
A great day for aviation, South Carolina, America, and free enterprize!
Jack Klim
Janpotter
jan potter 2
Thank Nikii Haley the governor of South Carolina for helping Boeing to locate and build this 787 in South Carolina. Obama tried to kill this deal!!!!!!!!!!!
pixelvt
Bill Fox -3
keep Obama out of this discussion you idiot
preacher1
preacher1 3
Obama may not need to be in this discussion but they speaks the truth. Might not have been him personally but it was no thanks to the NLRB and they were all his.
pixelvt
Bill Fox -5
so why blame him, the planning of the plant in Charleston started long before Obama took office, I love it, you Obama haters find an excuse to accuse him for everything, when in fact, it was Bush, who truely is an idiot , oh well, the point here is, Boeing did a great job, is that not what this discussion is about ?
preacher1
preacher1 4
You are correct in that Boeing did a great job
pixelvt
Bill Fox 2
here is the deal, I am just tired of, for every topic that comes up, someone bashes Obama, we voted him in, and if people don't want him back, speak with your vote. So why is it, when this discussion is about Boeing, some Obama hater has to bring him up, stupid. And for your information, I am a defense contractor, and sell to Boeing and many others, I have some insight here after over 30 years in this business. I am not attacking you, or anyone, but I think when you get off topic like this its just nuts. Correct me if I am wrong, but Obama had nothing to do with the SC decision. BTW, I saw the plant last fall and I was truly amazed, I would love to set foot in that baby. Charleston is a good area, we do business with the Navy there and I get there once in awhile. Want to debate politics, there are other forums. Frankly, as you can probably tell already, IMHO, Obama is doing a good job considering the mess he inherited. People can always spin things if they want to, but I just try and be objective. Just my 2 cents..
preacher1
preacher1 2
I definitely agree with you on the forum and for the most part it(the rhetoric) has been out of here over the last few months.You are correct about the plant and all being planned/located, etc. before OBAMA but even the most ardent OBAMA supporter would have to agree that the NLRB( mainly BHO appointees) gave Boeing some unnecssary anxious moments and grief last year. I was proud to see it all dropped and gone away so they could get on with building Airplanes, which culminated in this. There was quite a bit of talk last year that if it had gone the other way, that we might not have witnessed this event. We are on opposite sides of the fence politically, andmust just agree to disagree,but like you, I believe the place to speak is at the Ballot Box in November, not in this forum.
JetMech24
JetMech24 3
It's because Obama was AGAINST the S.C. plant, just trying to get some Union donations to his campaign. No more, no less.
bill5303
bill5303 1
Bill, Jan Potter is not the idiot here.
boughbw
Brian Bough -1
Yes, she is.
Boeing decided to open in SC before Obama was elected. Whatever the NLRB wanted to do was based on the laws in-place before and during Obama's tenure more than on anything Obama may have wanted.
The reason Boeing wanted to move to SC was to kick their union to the curb and to pay their workers less.
The reason Boeing wanted to make this move is that the union struck at a crucial point in the building of the 787 in Everett.
There is plenty of blame to go around, but none of it really belongs at Obama's feet.
I congratulate Boeing on the success of its SC plant. I also think it is disgusting that Americans are actively trying to undervalue the work done by fellow Americans in an attempt to depress wages. This is not a black and white issue, it is unfathomably gray.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 2
You are completely incorrect sir. I live and work in SC and NOTHING was done against the Charleston plant until the Obama cronies at the NLRB saw an opportunity to go after Boeing and basically hold this new plant hostage until concessions were made by Boeing to placate Obama's UNION base of support in the norhtwest. That is the simple, undisputable FACT. We deal with facts on these pages, not yoir partisan political whining.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
If you have a pilots license and fly GA, you have to admit this president Is not your friend as regards aviation; no matter your political affiliation.
boughbw
Brian Bough -1
"I live and work in SC..."

Case closed.
MIKESWICK
MIKE SWICK 1
this forum is about aircraft and those who love them - take your stinking politics elsewhere
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Politics come into play because they affect aviation so much. I'm just GA and the current admin wants $100/ flt. That does not sit well with those of us in GA. Airline folks are more interested in the business of airlines and how it affects their paycheck. This admin wants everyone to fly mass transit and forego personal airplanes.......unless you are a government employee. That is why aviation forums quickly drift to the political side.
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
BTW. Thanks to all here who squawked this post up and commented, as it was selected as squawk of the week this week. Maybe DB will send me another T-Shirt! (XL in Navy) :-)
cihnat
Carol Ihnat 1
Is this the same 787 that flew over us at the RBC/Boeing Heritage Golf Tournament at Hilton Head in April?
Fuadmab
Fuad Mansour 1
what is the heading ... in realtion ot N pole ?
Fuadmab
Fuad Mansour 1
Heading is in relation to North Pole ?
TheMagnat1
Congrats ....Please let us know , when first Dreamliner for PLL LOT will be leaving the grounds.....We are so eager to flight this beauty ......
BLUTRK
PHIL HUNT 1
IT IS A GREAT DAY FOR THE US AIRPLANE INDUSTRY, REGARDLESS OF WHERE IT IS MADE IN THE US. GENERAL AVIATION IS DOWN DUE TO THE ECONOMY.HAWKER BEECHCRAFT IS A VICTUM OF THE MONEY PEOPLE THAT OWN IT. IF YOU ONLY EXPECT TO TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN AND NOT INVEST IN NEW PRODUCTS OR TECHNOLOGY THEN THIS IS WHAT YOU GET "HAWKER BEECHCRAFT"!
i SAY YEA BOEING GO GO GO!!!!!!
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
You are correct sir. Due north is 360 (or zero) and a heading of 90 degrees is due East. Of course there is the magnetic vs true North, but we'll leave that one alone for now. :-)
tisom2
Terry Isom 1
Nice basic good advice about using magnetic instruments. I'll bet you're CFI or ATP. Like your posts.
cihnat
Carol Ihnat 1
Then, this is the 2nd Dreamliner off the assembly line in North Charleston?
bishops90
Brian Bishop 2
I WISH!
No Terry, that would be "Preacher1" !
I'm just a well educated amateur!
preacher1
preacher1 1
It was the first plane. It rolled out of the factory last month. That was all the hoop-lah. This was it's first flight test. The article has some other details.
skylloyd
skylloyd 1
Nope, it's the first.
pmbell64
Pat Bell 1
The aircraft that passed over the tournament was ZA005, the GEnx powered flight test aircraft.
cihnat
Carol Ihnat 1
Thanks for the update. Loved the pass the plane made over the golf course at 1000 feet! We didn't even hear it coming until is was almost overhead.
lee522
Thats the point of the new engines. There suppose to be quieter and more fuel efficent.

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rich1107
Yes, because screwing the worker is what "Free Enterprise" is really all about.
JetMech24
JetMech24 1
What about protecting the company from over paid, lazy workers that they can not touch because they backed by a union?
bishops90
Brian Bishop 1
John, my friend Ryan above who WORKS at Boeing Charleston may disagree.

That point of view ain't gonna fly here.
rich1107
Yeah, because the Corporation always has it right and would never ever take advantage of workers -- you can drink the neo fascist kool-aid all you want;)
w7psk
Ricky Scott -3
Could we leave the retoric out
preacher1
preacher1 3
Well, rhetoric or not, he speaks the truth.
w7psk
Ricky Scott -1
Spell check fails me. Anyway if he thinks he can do it better he is welcome to build a factory and go for it.
preacher1
preacher1 2
I think he is trying to say the folks out in the Northwest had better look out cause ya'll old Southern Boys is building a mighty fine lookin' bird,LOL
skylloyd
skylloyd 1
Yes sir, they sure are, BTW, Boeing cannot get enough people in Everett, or Renton to build there new airplanes, so, go anyone that needs a job look it up online..
bishops90
Brian Bishop 0
I think you meant to say "us" old southern boys di'ncha Preacher?
preacher1
preacher1 1
yeah I did. Got my sweet tea and headed to the porch, and BTW, don't get me in to that true and magnetic North deal you got into up above.LOL
dbrooks84
David Brooks 0
Glad to see this event take place. Hopefully Boeing can catch up on the delivery schedule.