The final flight test required for type certification of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner took place Saturday, the culmination of years of work. The plane must receive certification before it can be delivered to customers.
Boeing produced a video about the flight.
The 787 has undergone 1,700 flights, 4,800 flight hours and 25,000 flight conditions. It’s flown 100,000 pounds overweight, with an engine turned off and in all kinds of weather and winds.
The final flight was for type certification of the 787 with Rolls Royce engines. Flight testing for 787 aircraft with GE engines and for testing unrelated to certification continues.
Saturday’s flight was on board the 787 test plane designated ZA102 — the ninth 787 to be built. It was flown by Kansan and chief pilot for the 787 program Mike Carriker.
The 14-person crew completed simulations of a flight with a failed generator and failed fuel flow indication during the flight.
Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to All Nippon Airways in Japan in September.