We witnessed history today. The takeoff of the 787 for the first time ever. Coverage abounds of course, but
Governor Gregoire said it right: “The graceful takeoff of the 787 on its maiden voyage is a testament to the vision of the company’s leadership, the ingenuity of its engineers, and the skill of its machinists.”
I was lucky enough to be on hand for the event…and the most amazing thing about it was how quiet the plane is. We were 100 yards away or so at liftoff and the 787 was easily quieter than a small corporate jet that took off about 20 minutes prior.
This is a testament to the ability of Boeing and its workers – and the people of Washington – that this plane can be conceived, designed and (mostly) built right here. It’s also yet more proof that we should be building the tanker. But that’s another post I suppose.
Congratulations to Boeing and its partners and employees.
UPDATE: As I was typing this in, the plane flew by my office window on approach. A nice ending.