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First Flights (Dec-Jan)

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posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 02:09 AM

They are using the same soundtrack os Lockheed did for the JSF update videos.

[edit on 11/12/2009 by C0bzz]

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 02:12 AM
51 minutes until they`re scheduled to be airborne. Crew consists of two pilots and four engineers.

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 02:43 AM
Coming up on about 20 minutes until scheduled take off. They should be doing Nav alignments, telemetry checks, and final checks in preparation for takeoff.

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 03:05 AM
Update 6- A400M

Flight confirms that MSN001 started engines at 0900 local, and was taxying to the runway for a 1000am flight.

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 03:11 AM

(of the chase plane)

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 03:16 AM

I clicked post to the second I saw it live on the internet. Wonder how close I am!

Now they have Fernando Alonso talking, you know, the flight test guy.

[edit on 11/12/2009 by C0bzz]

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 05:49 AM
Raised landing gear on first flight...

Excellent air-to-air shots they have! Never thought they would do this...

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 11:38 AM
Update 7-A400M

The A400M departed San Pablo at 1015am local on a successful maiden flight. The aircraft returned at 1400 local, after 3 hours an 45 minutes in the air. Target airspeed of 300 knots was never reached, with the aircraft only reaching 230 knots, but Airbus said that evaluation of handling characteristics went extremely well, and the flight was perfect.

Pictures and video at FlightGlobal.

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 11:50 AM
Zaphod, I wonder where you're getting your information...

My husband is working on software associated with the 787 and as you can imagine, they're all pretty excited for this coming week's activities.

It will be great to see the 787 take off!

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 12:10 PM
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic

If I told ALL my sources I wouldn`t have a thread.

I would love to be in Seattle next week to see her take to the air. And again next month for the -8F flight.

posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 03:55 PM
Update 8- A400M and Gulfstream G250


Airbus has said that the A400M reached 300kts and a max altitude of 18,000 feet. They took off 15 minutes late, due to a telemetry computer problem. After take off, the aircraft climbed to 8,000 feet, where the tested low speed handling. They flew to 18,000ft, where they tested pressurization. The crew said the aircraft handled like a dream.

Gulfstream G250

At almost the same time, in Israel, the G250 made its first flight. It will eventually replace the G200 series. The aircraft had no problems and the gear was retracted during the flight.

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 10:11 AM
Update 9- Boeing 787

FOD sweeps are underway before high speed taxi tests occur this morning. Meanwhile ZA001 was joined on the ramp by ZA002, which was moved from the hangar to the fuel barn, ZA006, ZA100, ZA101, and ZA102 (which is all wrapped up in plastic). is reporting cloudy with a 40% chance of rain on Tuesday. I`ll keep my ears open and update when the tests start if I can.

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 12:27 PM
Update 10- Boeing 787

Taxi tests have been underway on runway 16L. The aircraft has been stopped with brakes and thrust reversers.
Next update after completion of the tests.

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 02:42 PM
Update 11-Boeing 787

Tests are still going on, the last run was a back to back run. After completing the first run, the aircraft turned around and made another run in the opposite direction. After the second run the engineers moved in to check things out. Pilots report speeds as high as 135 knots on the runway.

[edit on 12/12/2009 by Zaphod58]

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 03:43 PM
Update 12- Boeing 787

The highlight of the test today came a short while ago with the Refused Take-Off. ZA001 rolled down the runway, and rotated her nose skyward for approximately 6 seconds before pilots refused the take-off. The successfully stopped the aircraft before the end of the runway. Not sure if more runs are planned for today, but I`ll update as I find out more information.

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 08:46 PM
No word of any concerns from today`s test. Those of you that are interested go to and do a search on the 787. They have a bunch of pics from today.

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 09:13 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58

Rejected takeoff at the end of this video:

More videos at

ETA: Better video found at Zaphod's link:

[edit on 12-12-2009 by Boone 870]

posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 11:40 PM
Update 13- Boeing 787 (Good news and bad)

First the good. Boeing received Part 91 Certification from the FAA, which certifies the 787 as Experimental, before the taxi tests commenced. ZA001 underwent 6 flawless hours of taxi tests today. According to Boeing, the aircraft reached speeds of 130 knots, but communications between the test pilots and engineers indicate 135 knots was reached. The Part 91 Certification means that it is entirely up to Boeing when she flies. Boeing officially announced 10am, Tuesday, December 15th as the first flight
Now for the bad news. Boeing generally calls for good visibility, dry runways and calm winds for first flights. The NOAA is forecasting a 90% chance of rain with a high of 45F on Tuesday.

posted on Dec, 13 2009 @ 10:23 AM
Thanks for the videos and links. That was very cool to watch.

I hope the weather clears up enough for Tuesday's flight!

posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 11:06 AM
Update 14-Boeing 787(Not looking good)
Looking at the 10 day forecast, they are calling for showers today, rain tomorrow, then showers for the rest of the forecast. Wednesday might be our best bet. They`re calling for scattered showers.

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