Big bird

If you have any interest in aviation you may be aware of the problems the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets encountered with batteries in this new generation of airplanes. After a rollout with some fits and starts planes were grounded after battery fires. “So, what does this have to do with Sequim?” you may rightly ask.

We’re not generally in the flight pattern of commercial aviation. If I’m not mistaken, the only big commercial jets that fly over our airspace are Boeing jets and, specifically, Dreamliners that are being tested for certification. This is a LOT Polish Airlines 787 that flew over Dungeness last Wednesday.

The Dreamliner has a distinctive wing and very graceful lines to my eye. It made its final certification flight on Friday for its redesigned battery system. I’m sure there are a good many people at Boeing who will be happy to breathe normally again after this chapter ends.

8 thoughts on “Big bird”

  1. Thank you for this…I have read about the problems but have never seen a photo of one. Great captures here, and you are right – it has very graceful lines!

    I thought I used to have graceful lines, too. But the girls usually said, “That’s the stupidest pickup line I’ve ever heard.” That was many years ago. I’ve grown since then. Older.

  2. As a former flight attendant and lover of all things aviation, this kind of photo (lovely as it is) always makes me catch my breath because it reminds me of 9/11. I guess I need to think of something else!

  3. It is very graceful. Still can’t figure out why they insisted on using Lithium batteries when there were known to be problems with scaling them up.

    I’m hoping for success for Boeing, because I certainly don’t want to be forced to fly on one of those giant airbuses.

  4. quite a difference from yesterday’s bird!!
    i think flying is very boring…. im not really scared but am happy when its all over and we’re safely on the ground again….

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