Second 787 flies, but has slight glitch



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Posted on December 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 23 at 9:55 AM

EVERETT, Wash. - The second 787 Dreamliner took off for the first time this morning at Paine Field in Everett. This test flight was a bit shorter than last week's and had a small glitch.

The takeoff was picture perfect and the jet quickly disappeared into the low cloud cover as Boeing employees and aviation fans looked on from the periphery of Paine Field.

The plane spent most of its time flying over the Olympic Mountains.

The jet landed 2 hours later at Boeing Field, but with a small problem. Test pilots reported an inflight problem with a landing gear indicator light in the cockpit, according to Boeing. It was fixed inflight, but as a result of that, they decided to land with main landing gear inner doors open, which is an approved procedure.

The first 787 test flight was last Tuesday as about 25,000 people turned out to see the widebody jet takeoff. It's the first commercial airplane made mostly of lightweight composite materials.

The first 787 went on a 3-hour test flight last Tuesday. It took off from Paine Field, but bad weather forced the pilots to zig-zag across Western Washington before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.

The 787 program has been plagued by production problems and a key design issue involving the strength of the wing to body joint. The first flight was supposed to be in 2007, but Boeing has been forced to push that back five times.

Boeing has orders for 840 of the jets, plans to make the first delivery to Japan's All Nippon Airways late next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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