Boeing determined 787 will finally fly

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Posted: Dec 15, 2009 7:03 AM

Weather permitting, Boeing plans to finally get its new 787 jetliner into the air Tuesday, more than two years after it had intended.

The test aircraft completed ground tests during the weekend. Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville hope to take off at about 10 a.m. (PST) from Everett's Paine Field on a four-hour flight over Washington state, performing a variety of basic tests and systems checks before landing at Seattle's Boeing Field.

The 787 program has been plagued by ill-fitting parts and other problems. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007 with deliveries the following year, but Chicago-based Boeing Co. has been forced to push that back five times. It now plans to make the first delivery to Japan's All Nippon Airways late next year.