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OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: December 14, 2009 01:09PM
... scheduled for 10:00 am PST
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 14, 2009 01:33PM
i laughed jusst reading your topic line thinking about the "inspired" rant posted here not long ago about the 787...

incase you missed it: totally NSFW, language and even some ethical boundries crossed: [www.youtube.com]





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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: December 14, 2009 01:50PM
It had its nose wheels up in the air already! I think that was when they had it out on Saturday playing with it.

And it will only have its first flight if there's no standing water on the runway. I've been trying to figure out why that should matter; does anybody know?
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: billb
Date: December 14, 2009 01:52PM
water spots ruin the photography sessions ?

first flights usually have a minimum of complications

good visibilty, dry runways and no winds
probably temperatures within a set of parameters, too.



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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Wailer
Date: December 14, 2009 02:33PM
Hope it isn't like this scary YouTube Airbus crash that occurred during testing. It's shown from about 5 different cameras.
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: steve...
Date: December 14, 2009 03:03PM
I was curious to see what it looks like ( [blog.seattlepi.com] ):











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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: December 14, 2009 03:31PM
it's missing two engines...!



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: December 14, 2009 06:41PM
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steve...
I was curious to see what it looks like ( [blog.seattlepi.com] ):






It is much, MUCH larger than it looks in photos where there is nothing nearby to judge scale. The larger doors, windshield, and passenger windows make it appear to be 737-sized (6 abreast in cattle class/1 aisle), but it's actually bigger than the 767 (7 or 8 abreast in cattle class/2 aisles) which it will replace.



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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: steve...
Date: December 14, 2009 08:43PM
I found some video on a few Seattle TV websites. Looks like Tuesday's event will be streamed live if the weather co-operates.

[www.king5.com]
[www.kirotv.com]
[www.komonews.com]








Northern California Coast
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 14, 2009 11:47PM
Wow those are big fans. At what point do you call that a turboprop?
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: December 15, 2009 01:11AM
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Rolando
Wow those are big fans. At what point do you call that a turboprop?
When the thrust from the jet exhaust is not the main source of propulsion. Turboprops use a turbine engine to turn a propellor which provides forward thrust, but the engine exhaust on turboprops is relatively low pressure and is usually routed away from the engine at an angle.
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: STL
Date: December 15, 2009 07:02AM
And it will only have its first flight if there's no standing water on the runway. I've been trying to figure out why that should matter; does anybody know?

Just being responsible and taking it one step at at time in order to minimize the risk. Likely they are overly conservative and don't want to challenge a non-flight proven anti-skid system. Traveling from puddle to "dry" to puddle on takeoff or landing is not something desired to test on the first flight even though they are confident in the design of the anti-skid.
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 15, 2009 09:25AM
I guess no barrel rolls then.
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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: December 15, 2009 12:04PM
CNN has it Live



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Re: OT: 787 First Flight tomorrow (Dec 15th)...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 15, 2009 12:24PM
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STL
And it will only have its first flight if there's no standing water on the runway. I've been trying to figure out why that should matter; does anybody know?

Just being responsible and taking it one step at at time in order to minimize the risk. Likely they are overly conservative and don't want to challenge a non-flight proven anti-skid system. Traveling from puddle to "dry" to puddle on takeoff or landing is not something desired to test on the first flight even though they are confident in the design of the anti-skid.

I'm guessing that wet pavement performance is not one of the things they're instrumented to study on this first flight...
I'm sure they have a lot of things to cover (data-recording wise) on this flight, and don't want to mess with what they ARE trying to record by throwing in other variables.

Just a guess though.. I'm not in the industry.



Paul F.
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