The second 787 first flight
Today at 0900 local time, the second 787 Dreamliner took to the skies off of runway 34R at Paine Field as "Boeing 002 Heavy Experimental." They were accompanied by a lone CT-33 chase plane, N416X, for an expected hour long test flight that would end at Boeing Field. During the test flight, BOE002 experienced a minor mechanical problem with the landing gear, and while on Seattle Approach inbound for arrival at BFI, it was decided that the chase plane take a closer look at the problem. BOE002, at that point known by ATC as "Boeing 002 Heavy Experimental flight of two," flew a holding pattern over JAWBN while the chase plane looked in detail at the indicated landing gear problem.
Regardless of the issues, BOE002 landed safely and smoothly at BFI shortly after 1100 to a large crowd of aviation spotters and spectators. BOE002 rolled all the way to the end of the runway and parked at the bravo ten intersection infront of the Museum of Flight while ground crews inspected the mechanical problem for nearly fifteen minutes before taxiing to the Boeing Flightline.