South Carolina aviation workers will get to view their work from a big screen today. The 787 Dreamliners have flown over Seattle for years, and with the recent addition of a new facility in North Charleston, local workers will get to see their work in flight. Employees at the Boeing and Global Aeronautica plants in North Charleston have been working hard on piecing together rear fuselage parts, and today they will watch an oversized screen with live footage as the 787 Dreamliners take off out of Seattle. Boeing will test pilots and the planes as line workers watch from Charleston. The jet is expected to take about four to five hours for testing.
Members of the community are also expected to watch the flight. Dreamliner planes will be assembled in North Charleston and turned over to customers from the $750 million expansion. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley plans to watch the flight from his office today and he told The Post and Courier newspaper “In many respects, it’s already our airplane. We haven’t started the assembly, though we’ve engaged in the beginning of the manufacturing process, but it’s really wonderful.”
Today’s flight will show several months of testing for safety and performance. The new 787 jetliner is expected to take up less fuel, having quieter engines, and have lower emissions than other airplanes.