It was the worst-kept secret in aerospace. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker told reporters about it at EBACE six weeks ago, and someone we know (wink-wink) at the Wall Street Journal made a big splash with it earlier this week.
Finally, Boeing has confirmed what everybody now already knows (and, yet, we are still unable to resist a rare exclamation point): the 787 is joining the flying display at Farnborough!
Boeing test pilot Randy Neville won’t even have to do his best Tex Johnson imitation. The 787 will certainly be the star of an otherwise subdued flying display during the four trade days. There’s no F-22 or A400M debut for the Dreamliner to compete against, although we are looking forward to seeing the Korean T-50s, Russian Su-27s and — assuming this time they don’t get lost — the B-52. [UPDATE: Airbus has just announced the A380 and A400M will also be in the flying display.]
This is probably a good time to remind everybody to register here to watch the entire flying display live. Flightglobal has again partnered with FLIR to stream live video from our media hub and air-to-air footage using FLIR’s Pilatus PC-12 equipped with the Star Safire 380-HD sensor.