Video: ZA002 begins taxi testing, B-17 watches nearby


If ever a picture was worth 1000 words, this is it. ZA002 began taxi testing today following two days of minor, and now resolved, troubleshooting issues. Taxiing nearby Boeing’s newest commercial aircraft, was a B-17G, a flying testament to the company’s long history. This particular B-17G “Sentimental Journey” (c/n 32155) was actually built under license by Douglas in Long Beach and was delivered to the USAF in March of 1945. The aircraft was later stored in Japan then converted over the course of its life for various roles, including one as a tanker.

Photo Credit Liz Matzelle (via iPhone)

Oh yeah, and here are some videos taken by Matt Cawby of this afternoon’s taxi testing.

16 Responses to Video: ZA002 begins taxi testing, B-17 watches nearby

  1. alloycowboy August 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    Oh Mr. Ostrower,

    That is so close to flight your almost willing it to leave the ground.

  2. Rainyd August 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Woo! That girls got some power under her wings! I cannot wait to see her take flight. Btw whats with all the construction? New Runway or Taxiways?

  3. CBL August 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    The resurfacing work of the taxiway is progressing well, well done Boeing

  4. Oussama August 20, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    Great speed that aircraft got power, can’t wait to see it take to the sky

  5. Andrew August 20, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    I agree with you CBL
    the resurfacing work of the taxiway really progressing.

  6. Tom B August 20, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    Jon, once again like always your blog has always been a source of great info. That link in your friend feed about the 787 being delayed another 2 years is frightening. But I hate to say this but all signs are pointing to that, it has been one delay after another delay. That is a well written article and I think it points out some thing “Boeing is panicking” i just hope its one of those cases of say it aint so.

  7. joolz August 20, 2009 at 2:54 am #

    I cant still believe your all so HAPPY about a 3 wheeled jet car. ITS NOT A PLANE UNTIL IT FLIES.

    We know all about the wing problems (120% delamination) and center box problems and until these are sorted correctly and that it makes the grade it is not a plane.

    Even the spruce goose managed to fly.


  8. Heinz_Matthieu August 20, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    According to spanish news papers, the A400M will have its FF late this year…

    sounds like we have “race” now…

    Do have the same picture in your heads?Two sweating snails…

  9. Wes August 20, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Any word on the fix yet? Parts were supposed to be enroute a few days ago….

  10. Alpha Pablo August 20, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    One amazingly quiet aircraft!

  11. just wondering August 20, 2009 at 10:37 am #


  12. just wondering August 20, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Jon,any comments on this article? This confirms the rumors that won’t die:production shutdown and layoffs on the 787 program.

  13. dawa August 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm #


  14. airplanejim August 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    For you you “McDonnell-Douglas took over Boeing” conspiracy theorists: That Douglas built B-17 is in reality the ghost of Harry Stonecipher watching over the 787.

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