First United 787 Production Flight

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    Were there alpha and beta test flights prior to the production flight?
     
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    Do they have alpha and beta for hardware? :)
     
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    I guess my question was: was today the first flight ever for this particular aircraft, or just the first one with its shiny paint coat?
     
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    Shiny paint coat crewed by Boeing pilots ;).

    Edited: sCo to Boeing.
     
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    Whatever they're called there are usually a couple of flights by the manufacturer prior to the formal acceptance flight by pilots of the receiving airline. Generally there is a test flight after production prior to final painting/finishing (some parts are normally painted during the production process) and another when all the discrepancies from the first one have been fixed and final painting has been completed. If there are more discrepancies there may be more flights. The B787 has been having eight or so flights, which is very common at the beginning of a new aircraft production process, with the number of flights rapidly reducing as the production process matures.

    Here is one report about the process for the B787:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444233104577595282112313816.html
     
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    Media is reporting that the flight was made by Boeing pilots, not UA crew.
     
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    So does the Boeing release. IIRC, only the predelivery flight is typically made using airline crew.
     
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    I must have misread it as being crewed by United (sCO) pilots.

    Thanks for the clarification WA.
     
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