The 787 achieved first flight today, taking off at 10:28 am local time from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., as a throng of Boeing employees gathered in the airfield cheered. The Dreamliner landed just over 3 hr. later at a rainy Boeing Field in Seattle. The manufacturer had hoped to keep the aircraft in the air for up to 5 hr., but inclement weather necessitated a shorter flight. The 787 took off to the north of Paine in overcast weather. The runway was wet from rain that had stopped hours ...

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