TUCSON, Ariz., April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA), elected and community leaders joined with each other today to celebrate the permanent display of among the original 787-8 Dreamliner flight test airplanes at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
“Boeing has actually a sturdy presence in Arizona and is proud to share this essential achievement in aviation history along with the community, our employees and visitors,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “The Pima Air & Space Museum is a world-class facility and has actually been a wonderful partner throughout the years. It’s the ideal location to showcase this pioneering airplane.”
This particular 787, ZA002, is the second Boeing 787-8 to be produced. The airplane flew for the very first time on Dec. 22, 2009, joining just what would certainly come to be a six-airplane flight test and certification regimen for the 787-8. The primary focus of ZA002 was testing units performance.
“Aerospace is a cornerstone of Arizona’s economy, making jobs and company chances across the state,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Boeing’s donation of this state-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner is symbolic of Arizona’s rich history and bright future in aerospace, and a sturdy testament to our commitment to innovation and industry.”
The celebration at the Pima Air & Space Museum included the participation of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Boeing VP of 787 Engineering Ron Hinderberger and museum Board Chairman Matter Ferdinand von Galen.
Coinciding along with the 787 induction, the Pima Air & Space Museum additionally unveiled its Brand-new ‘Women in Flight’ exhibit, commemorating the achievements of female aviators over the past century.
“This is an very exciting and monumental time for the museum, the Tucson community and Arizona in general,” said Scott Marchand, executive director, Pima Air & Space Museum. “We are honored to be decided on by Boeing to be the custodian of such a substantial historic next generation aircraft and to have the ability to display it to the public from the U.S. and about the world.”
ZA002 is the second of 3 flight test 787-8s Boeing strategies to share along with communities and future generations of employees and airplane enthusiasts.
About the Pima Air & Space Museum
The Pima Air & Space Museum is among the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of a lot more compared to 300 aircraft and spacecraft from about the globe—including several rare and one-of-a-kind—and a lot more compared to 125,000 artifacts. The museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Road, Tucson, Exit 267 off Interstate 10.
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