Biggest Dreamliner takes off from Boeing’s facilities in Charleston, South Carolina; company to base flight testing in Washington State - From Aviation International News
During the roughly five-hour first flight, test pilots Tim Berg and Mike Bryan commanded the airplane to an altitude of 20,000 feet and a top speed of 200 knots.
Boeing lists the 330-seat 787-10’s range at 6,430 nautical miles, while the 787-9 operates to a range of 8,500 nautical miles.
Separately, said Boeing, introducing the 787-10 in North Charleston takes advantage of that facility’s considerable capacity while allowing the Everett facility to continue improving productivity on the 787-8 and 787-9.
By the time of first flight, the second of the stretched Dreamliners—powered by GEnx engines—had moved through all seven positions in North Charleston’s final assembly building and outside onto the ramp for final preparations for its first flight, while the third and final test airplane, another Rolls-powered machine, had begun to take shape inside.
The South Carolina facility fabricates and assembles composite Section 47, the last passenger section of the airplane, and Section 48, which integrates the horizontal and vertical stabilizers and the aft pressure bulkhead, for all Dreamliners built in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston.