787 Test Flight Draws Boeing’s Logo in Sky

Ok, so this isn’t quite a defense-related post, but it’s Friday and this is pretty damned cool. The screenshot above is from FlightAware and it shows the flight-path made by one of Boeing’s 787 test jets during a 19 + hour test flight last night and this morning. Yup, the jet flew in a pattern that formed Boeing’s corporate logo — inherited from McDonnell Douglas when the two companies merged in the ’90s — in the skies over the Great Plains states (what kind of pun was that!?).

The systems functionality and reliability flight of 787 ZA236 — that spanned half the continental U.S. — is one of the final test flights to certify the pairing of the 787 airframe with those massive GE GEnx-1B engines. If you look closely, you can also see the numbers 787 traced out in the flight path to the left of the company’s logo. This sky-branding a Boeing trick that has been used before with 747-8, according to Flight’s Jon Ostrower.

Happy weekend!

  • Prodozul

    “in the skies over the Great Plains states (what kind of pun was that!?).”

    A terrible one…

    • blight

      No flights today apparently, according to the flightaware data.

  • LtSam

    How is that a pun?

    • blight

      Didn’t realize old logos were puns.

    • MGC

      Great Planes over the Great Plains now do you get it LT its a real mind tease :-S

  • 4FingerOfBourbourn

    I would of flew a big ‘who give a s$3iT’…..in something much more sexy than a 787….

  • fewrwrw

    bet you the pilot was tempted to draw a penis

  • Lance

    Pretty cool go Boeing!!!

  • Tom

    I dig Boeing for that.

  • Jacob

    I can’t imagine that was fun for the pilot.

  • chockblock

    Reminds me of the stunt the 707 pilot did over the Seattle boat races. “Tex” Johnson did a barrel roll over the boat race in the brand new 707 prototype. Cue Boeing’s president almost going into shock. The 707 did it flawlessly (of course Johnson almost got fired). Sales skyrocketed and the rest is history.

  • Dan Gao

    Nice plane. Great to see some innovation going on in aviation.

  • James W

    How does the guy eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?

    • https://www.facebook.com/dgorun Daniel Gorun

      I’m sure he wasn’t by himself in there.