First Boeing aircraft made in SC to take flight

First Boeing aircraft made in SC to take flight

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The first production Boeing 787 takes off on it's inaugural flight of at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville lifted off in the big blue and white jet at about 10 a.m. PST from Everett's Paine Field on a four-hour flight over Washington state, beginning the extensive flight test program needed to obtain the plane's Federal Aviation Administration certification.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The first Boeing 787 made in South Carolina goes up for a test flight this week. 

Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger confirms that the first flight is planned for Wednesday. The plane will take off from the Charleston International Airport near the company's new $750 million North Charleston assembly plant. 

The plane, which was rolled out in a ceremony last month, has been purchased by Air India. 

The plant should turn out four completed aircraft by year's end. By the end of 2013, the plant should be producing about three-and-a-half of the speedy, light aircraft made partly from composite material of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
 

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