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Final test 787 takes first flight, lands early
Associated Press

The sixth Boeing 787 test plane takes off on its first flight Monday from Paine Field, in Everett, Wash.

 

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Published: 10/5/2010 12:19 AM

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SEATTLE -- Boeing Co.'s sixth and final 787 flight test airplane has made its first flight.

However, The Seattle Times reports the jetliner had some maintenance trouble on the flight from Everett's Paine Field on Monday, and the pilot decided to land early at Seattle's Boeing Field rather than flying to Moses Lake as scheduled.

Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach says the diversion was only precautionary. She declined to provide details, but says the hour-long flight is still considered a success.

The plane is one of two flight test planes with GE engines. The other four have Rolls-Royce engines.

Chicago-based Boeing hopes to deliver the first 787 early next year, more than two years late.