Boeing 787
at Mesa Gateway Airport



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November 11, 2011

The sixth Boeing 787-8 prototype N787ZA arrived at Mesa Gateway Airport as Boeing Flight 006 from Great Falls International Airport, Montana at 1:33 PM on Friday, November 11, 2011. Its construction number is 40695. It made its first flight on October 4, 2010.

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011 Boeing 787-83Q N787ZA on approach to land on runway 30 Right.

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011 Boeing 787-83Q N787ZA is the second 787 built with General Electric GEnx-1B engines.

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011 Boeing 787-83Q N787ZA took off from Runway 30 Center at 2:27 PM.

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Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

Boeing 787-8 N787ZA, Mesa-Gateway, November 11, 2011

May 23, 2010

The fourth Boeing 787-8 prototype N7874 arrived at Mesa Gateway Airport for hot weather testing on Saturday, May 22, 2010, an ironically cool day in Arizona. Its construction number is 40693. It made its first flight on February 24, 2010. This marked the first visit of a 787 to Arizona. It did not reach the minimum test temperature of 83 degrees, so the 787 did not perform the hot weather test on Sunday, May 23.

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway N7874 is powered by a pair of Rolls Royce Trent 1000 turbofan engines.

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway Mesa Gateway Airport provided a 787 viewing area in a parking lot adjacent to the Boeing facility.

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway A number of local aviation enthusiasts waited to photograph the tajke-off of the test flight.

BAC 1-11 N162W Northrop-Grumman radar testbed An uncommon visitor to the airport showed up while I was waiting for the 787 to fly. British Aerospace Corporation BAC 1-11 401/AK N162W is operated by Northrop-Grumman as a radar testbed. It dropped into the airport for a visit of about 40 minutes. It can't be tracked on Flightaware, so I don't know where it came from or where it was going. Northrop Grumman also operates BAC 1-11s N111JX, N161NG, and N164W.

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

Boeing 787-8 N7874, Mesa-Gateway

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On Monday the 787 flew to Deer Valley Airport for flybys of the Honeywell plant. The 787 departed for Colorado Springs at 7:33 PM Monday evening. It will conduct high altitude tests there.. It was suggested that a 747-8F will also come to Mesa GAteway Airport for hot weather tests.





More Mesa Gateway Airport displays

Mesa Gateway Airport The former Williams Air Force Base is now known as Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. In addition to serving as a civil airport, it is frequently visited by military aircraft taking advantage of its limited traffic. Several pilot training schools operate at the airport. Allegiant Air provides passenger service to airports around the country on a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-83s. An air tanker base occasionally hosts fire fighting tankers. Boeing has a test facility for hot weather tests and Advanced Training Systems Incorporated refurbushes Douglas A-4 Skyhawks.


More Boeing 787 Displays

Boeing 787 Boeing 787s are still infrequent visitors to the Valley of the Sun.







Giant Jet Airplanes

  First Flight Wing Span Length Wing Area Gross Weight Engines
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

?

197ft, 03in

206ft

3,501

545,000

2 x 71,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Boeing 747-8 Jumbo Jet

2010

224ft,07in

250ft,02in

5,825

975,000

4 x 66,500 GEnx-2B67
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

2009

197ft, 03in

186ft

3,501

502,500

2 x 64,000 lb General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Airbus A380

2005

261ft,10in

239ft,06in

9,100

1,235,000

4 x 84,000 lb RR Trent 900 or Engine Alliance GP-7200
Boeing 777-300ER

2003

212ft,07in

242ft,04in

4,700

775,000

2 x 115,300 lb GE90-115B
Airbus A340-600

2001

208ft,02in

247ft,01in

4,729

811,300

4 x 56,000 lb RR Trent 556
Boeing 777-200

1994

209ft,01in

199ft,11in

4,605

545,000

2 x 74,000 lb PW4074, GE90-75B, or RR Trent 875
Airbus A330-300

1992

197ft,10in

208ft,10in

3,892

507,000

2 x 51,590 lb GE CF6-80E, PW4000, or RR Trent 700
Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet

1988

211ft,05in

231ft,10in

5,650

833,000

4 x 45,000 PW4062 or GE CF6-80C2B1F
Antonov An-225 Mryia

1988

290ft,00in

275ft,07in

10,280

1,300,000

6 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Antonov An-124 Ruslan

1984

240ft,00in

227ft,00in

6,760

890,000

4 x 51,590 lb DT-18T
Tupolev 160 Blackjack 1981 182ft, 09in 177ft, 06in 3,660 606,000 4 x 50,900 lb NK-321
Lockheed C-5A Galaxy

1968

222ft,08in

247ft,10in

6,200

769,000

4 x 50,000 lb GE TF-39
Boeing 747-100 Jumbo Jet

1968

195ft,08in

231ft,04in

5,500

850,000

4 x 50,000 lb P&W JT9D
Antonov An-22 Antheus

1965

211ft,04in

189ft,07in

3,713

550,000

4 x 15,000 shp Kuznetsov NK-12MV
North American XB-70A Valkyrie

1964

105ft,00in

189ft,00in

6,297

530,000

6 x 33,000,lb J-93
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

1952

185ft,00in

157ft,07in

4,000

450,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57
Convair YB-60

1952

206ft,05in

175ft,02in

5,239

410,000

8 x 8,000 lb J-57


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367-80 Stratoliner Prototype, N70700, MASDC, November 12, 1973
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727-63 General Electric Unducted Fan Testbed, N32720, Mojave Airport, November 9, 1986
747-121 General Electric Engine Testbed, N747GE, Kramer Junction, California, August 24, 1999
#1 737-900 Prototype, N737X, Edwards Air Force Base, November 2, 2000
NT-43A Radar Test Bed, 73-1155, Death Valley, January 24, 2003
#1 757-200 F-22 Avionics Testbed, N757A, Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, February 13, 2006
747-273C Evergreen International Supertanker, N470EV, San Bernardino, May 31, 2006
720-051B Honeywell engine testbed N720H, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, December 27, 2007
757-225 Honeywell engine testbed N757HW, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, February 1, 2010
#6 787-8 Prototype N787ZA, Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona, November 11, 2011
#3 747-8 prototype N50217, Mesa Gateway Airport, Arizona, June 21, 2010

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