A view of the 787 flight from the chase plane




Posted on December 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 17 at 9:09 AM

The folks at Boeing can be forgiven for inserting a bit of dramatic music into the video release they put on line Wednesday of the Dreamliner's first flight.

The video gives another perspective on the aircraft's maiden flight as it soars the skies above the Puget Sound.

Employee David Adkins explained how he watched the flight from a Webcast inside Boeing's building in Renton.

"And just as it got the go ahead, the T-33's flew overhead, the entire building got just silent. And it rolled and then people started whooping and cheering and it was just really, really, it was just great to see," he said.

After all, this plane is the culmination of billions of dollars, and years of research.

"It's been a long time coming. We were all just holding our breaths that everything would go smoothly, and of course it did. But there's still that moment you know as you see it doing its rotation on the runway and then the wheels come up and ahhh. It worked!" he said.

Due to inclement weather, the anticipated five hour flight was cut to three hours, most of it spent zigzagging the skies above the San Juans and Strait of Juan De Fuca.

Now there are still many hurdles to clear, including nine months of intense tests to make sure the aircraft can weather almost any circumstance it might encounter.

"It's a big deal. They really shake the plane down," said Adkins.  "I got over my fear of flying during the crazy things they do during flight testing so I'm confident it's all going to go well/smoothly.  There's going to be a lot of worn out flight test engineers, maintenance staff, etc by the time they're done, but they'll pull it off."