787 To Debut At Farnborough

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will stretch its reputedly long legs next week in a coming out party near London. The company has confirmed one of five test articles of the largely composite airliner will be on display at the Farnborough Air Show, which, is the big tick mark on the commercial aviation calendar for this year. Serial number 003 will be available for tours July 19-20. The show goes from July 19-25 but Boeing is in an aggressive test and certification schedule that is geared toward a year-end delivery of the first 787 to launch customer ANA. "We've chosen Farnborough as a venue for spotlighting the breakthrough capabilities and innovations of both our commercial airplanes and our defense, space and security businesses. We look forward to an optimistic mood this year as industry leaders meet amid signs of economic recovery," said Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications, in a statement.

It's hard to say what that does for the potential of having a 787 visit this year's EAA AirVenture. As we reported last month, Boeing has been invited to show off the new plane at Oshkosh this year but it hasn't been confirmed.