Dreamliner on display in Pima Air & Space Museum

Following the Seattle Museum of Flight, the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, is the second aviation museum to put a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on display. The museum announced it will receive ZA002, the second Boeing 787-8 to be produced, from Boeing on Friday 27 March.

The Dreamliner will arrive at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and then be towed to the Pima Air & Space Museum. A formal induction ceremony and opening of public static display will be announced at a later date.

“This is an extremely exciting and monumental time for the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, Executive Director of the Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are honored to be selected by The Boeing Company to be the custodian of such a significant historic next generation aircraft and to be able to display it to the public from the USA and from around the world.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new family of midsize airplanes that deliver new efficiencies, exceptional environmental performance and passenger pleasing features. Advances in engines, aerodynamics, airplane systems and materials, including airframe made mostly of carbon-fiber composites, make the 787 family 20 to 30 percent more fuel efficient than the airplanes it replaces, with an equivalent reduction in emissions.

Dreamliner ZA002 seen during its first flight, painted in ANA colours. ANA was the Boeing 787 launch customer. (Image © Boeing)
Dreamliner ZA002 seen during its first flight, painted in ANA colours. ANA was the Boeing 787 launch customer. (Image © Boeing)

“Boeing is proud of our long-standing relationship with the Pima Air & Space Museum, and donating the second 787 Dreamliner begins another chapter in our partnership,” said Boeing Vice President of Attack Helicopter Programs and Senior Mesa Site Executive, Kim Smith. “We’re thrilled to share this 787 with students, aviation enthusiasts and visitors from Arizona and around the world.”

Dreamliner ZA002 flew for the first time on December 22, 2009, joining what would become a six-airplane flight test and certification program for the 787- 8. The primary focus of ZA002 was testing systems performance.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle on 8 November 2014 became the first museum in the world to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its collection. In that case, it was ZA003, the third Dreamliner built.

Source: Pima Air & Space Museum, with additional reporting by © 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest