Saturday, July 30, 2011

Open arms in Oshkosh

Open arms in Oshkosh: "

We knew there was a lot of buzz over the 787 Dreamliner’s visit to Oshkosh, Wisconsin today. But we had no idea just how many fans would show up to see her. Check out this great video of the landing.


The 787 performs a flyby before landing in Oshkosh.

At one point, the line of cars streaming into the EAA AirVenture show stretched for five miles—and the line to actually go onboard the airplane seemed to stretch forever.


Fans turn out in force to see the Dreamliner.

Even though I couldn’t make the trip, our team that made the flight over was thrilled to show off the plane during the first ever public tour inside the Dreamliner. Fans young and old waited patiently for the chance to see the star of the show. One man even took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend while they were on the 787—and she said yes!


A beautiful day for a tour. Photo by Andrew Zaback/EAA 2011 Facebook page.

AVweb takes you inside the Dreamliner during today’s tour in this video.

The trip to Oshkosh wraps up a very exciting week for the 787 program. On Tuesday, the ninth 787 returned to Everett after being deployed to Guam for Function and Reliability (F&R) and extended operations (ETOPS) testing. On that return flight, the crew completed a maximum-endurance mission: the longest 787 flight to date, just over 18 hours. We’re now 2/3 of the way through F&R and ETOPS testing.

Congratulations to the entire 787 team—and thanks to all of our friends in Oshkosh for the incredibly warm welcome. Our apologies to those in the crowd who couldn’t get on board before we had to fly home. FlightAware and the Chicago Tribune also have some great photo galleries.


The smile says it all. Thanks to Mike Miley for the photo.


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