The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Saturday 8 November became the first museum in the world to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its collection. The Boeing Company donated ZA003, the third Dreamliner built, to the museum in attendance of numerous Boeing employees. Pics of its arrival are here. The Dreamliner will be put on permanent display starting 22 November and the first of three flight test 787-8s Boeing plans to share with museums around the world.
Dreamliner ZA003 first flew on March 14, 2010. In addition to its role in the flight test and certification program, Boeing flew ZA003 to 23 countries during a global showcase of the 787 called the Dream Tour. While on exhibit at the museum, the airplane’s interior will be partially configured as an airliner and flight test aircraft, with the remaining space devoted to displays covering the development of the 787, including artifacts from the program.
With the donation, Boeing is starting to get rid of some of the early Dreamliner test aircraft. Earlier this year, test aircraft ZA006 was seen in the colours of the Mexican Air Force, being fitted with a VIP cabin. Delivery to Mexico is expected later this year.
Source: Museum of Flight, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest © 2014