Boeing Dreamliner draws a gigantic outline of a Dreamliner
18-hour test flight over 22 states gets 'creative'
On Wednesday afternoon, a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner took off from Seattle on a test flight. Flight tracking apps show the Dreamliner followed a flight path over the United States that draws an outline of the Dreamliner.
It set the internet abuzz, likely one of the goals. But the Dreamliner was actually conducting a flight test of its new Rolls Royce engine "to prove to regulators that the airplane can safely operate on one engine for an extended period of time," according to Flightradar24, a flight-tracking app.
Flightradar24 said the Dreamliner flew an 18-hour flight of 16,000 km at 12,000 metres.
On its website, Boeing said, "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," with the nose pointing at Boeing's home, the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
See how and *why* <a href="https://twitter.com/BoeingAirplanes">@BoeingAirplanes</a> decided to draw a giant 787 in the sky. <a href="https://t.co/9zGZc72Prf">https://t.co/9zGZc72Prf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dataviz?src=hash">#dataviz</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/itoworld">@itoworld</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/avgeek?src=hash">#avgeek</a> <a href="https://t.co/VCvUasoFfz">pic.twitter.com/VCvUasoFfz</a>—@flightradar24
Flightradar24 says, "This isn't the first time Boeing has made sky art during endurance testing." Pilots testing a 737-MAX-8 drew the letters 'MAX' over the northern U.S. in February.
Previously, pilots drew "a '787' with the Boeing logo and a large '12' in support of the Seattle Seahawks," Flightradar24 says.