Twitter noticed last night that Boeing had filed an unusual flight plan to test a 787. The plan was to fly from Boeing Field… to Boeing Field.. after a long flight over the middle of the country. They’re showing off the range capabilities of the plane, without leaving U.S. airspace while perhaps conducting other tests.
Boeing 004, a 787 from BFI-BFI, files a flight plan: Route? Airplane. We’re going to draw an airplane. https://t.co/ilp00IL7Q3 pic.twitter.com/w4Z4AyceFp
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) August 2, 2017
Here’s where the flight stands right now:
We haven’t heard from Boeing yet on this, although they’ll probably share this later today once the flight finishes around noon Eastern. Because back in February they took out a Boeing 737 MAX out for a test and spelled out just what it was all about.
The #737MAX is showing off its range and efficiency on a 9 hour test–and having some fun while do so! (@flightaware data) #Boeing #avgeek pic.twitter.com/S7tpLxc852
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 12, 2017
Back in 2014 Boeing flew a giant 12 over Washington State in a 747 painted with Seattle Seahawks livery. In 2012 Boeing flew a 787 and wrote out ‘787 and Boeing’s logo in the sky.
Not everyone is quite as professional as Boeing, though, two years ago a private pilot drew this:
Looks like drawing objects on Flightradar24 is a new hobbyhttp://t.co/fISbZLvEp7
RT @NikPhillips666: @flightradar24 pic.twitter.com/FITsInfYg8
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 13, 2015