Boeing has rolled out the first production 787 to be equiped with engines to the flightline. The Trent 1000 powered 787 (LN 9, ZA102) spent months being prepared for first flight in Boeing's final assembly hall. It will be the first production 787 to fly and will undertake ETOPS, funtionality and reliabilty as well as a host of other tests. The results will be then compared to similar test already flwon by the 787 teswt flight fleet. It was to have its first flight this months but given the upheaval in the 787 program bought on by the fire on ZA002, that time line is in flux. A second production 787, ZA101, is also being fitted with its Trent 1000 engines and will perform ground tests at Everett.
Matt Cawby got some great photos and video of ZA102 at the compass rose at Everett.
Matt Cawby: Paine Field, November 26, 2010