Posts Tagged ‘boeing 787’

Boeing 787 used as skywriter

Friday, February 10th, 2012

A Boeing 787 test crew from the Boeing factory is landing at this hour (11:30 a.m. EST Feb. 10) with a strong sense of accomplishment. Not only did they get all the data the engineers need, they amused themselves by following a path that, once retained on flight tracking software, forms a perfect “787″ and the logo. (Now that the crew has landed, you may have to click on the map to see the drawing their route makes. This is not the first time Boeing test aircraft have written things in the sky with their routemap.) Thanks to Flight Aware for discovering this.

Crab and (not) slip — In a 787

Friday, November 5th, 2010

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner conducts crosswind landing tests in unfriendly winds (it goes OK, by the way). Notice the degree of crab used to maintain the centerline, and that the pilot never touches down on the upwind gear first. If he did, he would bash the engine into the runway. So it becomes, instead of the familiar crab-and-slip method, the crab and (not) slip method. Did I find this YouTube video all by myself? Nope. It was in the FlightAware newsletter.