posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 09:19 PM
Update 15- Boeing 787
ZA002 moved to the ramp today, where she was raised up on jacks and underwent landing gear retractions. She`s scheduled to undergo taxi tests and a
mini gauntlet before her first flight, which is scheduled around the 22nd.
In the meantime, ZA001 is still scheduled for a 10am flight from Paine Field, recovering at Everette, after a 3-5 hour flight. Then the real tests
begin. First she validates low speed/stall speeds at various weights. Once that is done, the FAA begins flying with her. At some point she moves to
Edwards AFB for flight tests. Either ZA001 or ZA002 will go to either Norway or Iceland for cold weather testing. The airframe will have to be
certified as low as -55, for Air Canada. The blog page on FlightGlobal has some great information on the flight test program.