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February 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Dreamliner test pilots go writing in the sky

787 test flight path, Feb. 9 -10, 2012 (screenshot from Flightaware)

Boeing took sky-writing to new heights Friday, tracing very precisely in the sky across 10 states the company logo as well as the numerals 787.

A 787-8 Dreamliner with GE engines, painted in the colors of Air India, landed at Boeing Field at 8:45 a.m. at the end of a 19-hour endurance test flight.

Technically, it was an ETOPS (Extended Operations) flight. But that didn’t mean the pilots couldn’t have some creative fun.

Their flight’s route from Washington to Iowa and back, revealed by flight tracking company Flightaware, shows the logo and airplane type in giant but extremely neat lines.

In a blog post, Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth said the flight test team “coordinated with the many air traffic control centers, choosing the routing to avoid restricted airspace.”

With the meticulous tracing of the symbols, the test pilots outdid their colleagues last August who tried a similar trick on a 747-8 test flight. The giant 747 written in the sky then had the rudimentary penmanship of a kindergartner.

This time, the 787 pilots get full marks for artistic style.

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