Skywriting: Boeing Test Pilots Trace Shape Of 787 Across U.S.

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Boeing’s test pilots have earned a reputation for creative flight plans in recent years. In February, a test flight etched a giant ‘MAX’ over the Pacific Northwest with one of the company’s new 737 MAX jets.

Football fans might remember 2014, when a Boeing 747 painted in the colours of the Seattle Seahawks flew in a giant ‘12’ over Washington State to honour the team's "Twelfth Man" home fans.

Boeing’s latest noteworthy test flight came last week when test pilots on one of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners traced a silhouette of giant 787-8 that covered nearly a third of the mainland U.S. 

The flight took about 18 hours, lasting from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

"With time to spare in the air, a Boeing test team got creative, flying a route that outlined a 787-8 in the skies over 22 states," Boeing said.

The resulting outline stretched from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula south to the Texas-Mexico border and from western Wyoming east to central Kentucky.  

The flight was conducted as part of testing required to certify a new engine that will power some newer Dreamliners.  

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