UPDATE: (11:00AM Local, 2:00PM ET): BOE001 Heavy Cleared for takeoff!!)
UPDATE: (10:54AM Local, 1:54PM ET): BOE540 (787-8) waiting to taking off
UPDATE: (10:52AM Local, 1:52PM ET): Chase Plane on its way to Everett from Boeing Field
UPDATE: (10:41AM Local, 1:41PM ET): Still holding short of Runway 34L
UPDATE: (10:36AM LOCAL, 1:36PM ET): Waiting for the Boeing chance aircraft coming up from Boeing Field. The takeoff runway will then be decided.
UPDATE: (10:27AM Local, 1:27PM ET): BOE001 Heavy Cleared to taxi runway 16R.
UPDATE: (10:22AM Local, 1:22PM ET): Engine Start!
UPDATE: (10:07AM Local, 1:07PM ET): Takeoff now expected at 10:30AM Local.
UPDATE: (10:33AM Local, 1:33PM ET): Taxiing down 16R/34L. Looks to takeoff on 34L.
UPDATE: (10:29AM Local, 1:29PM ET): Taxiing!
UPDATE: (9:45AM Local, 12:45PM ET): Runway inspections is on going. This is to prevent from and potential FOD damage to the aircraft during takeoff.
UPDATE: (9:30AM Local, 12:30PM ET): Crowds are gathering and Paine Tower is communicating with the crew on ZB001.
UPDATE: (9:20AM Local, 12:20PM ET):
Crew of 2 on 787-9 N789EX doing a B1 preflight, the T-33 will be the chase plane today
— Paine Airport (@mattcawby) September 17, 2013
UPDATE (9AM Local, 12 noon ET): Weather is looking good. About 6 miles visibility and ceilings look fine. About 1 hour until first flight.
Boeing's stretched 787-9 is on Flightaware for today's first flight:
787-9 First Flight
Boeing is planning a webcast of today's first flight which should leave at about 10AM local time and arrive at Boeig Field around 2:45PM local time.
787-9 First Flight Webcast
The flight will only take place if the weather cooperates. Boeing needs a minimum ceiling of 1500'.
If today's flight actually takes place it will come exactly 3 years and 9 months (or exactly 196 weeks) of ZA001's first flight on December 15, 2009. This was the first flight of the 787-8.
I'll continue to update this blog entry especially with regards to the weather at Everett.