The 787 is nearing the final stage in her early development. This evening the 747LCF arrived in Nagoya to pick up the first fuselage and wing sections. Tomorrow she will be loaded and Friday she'll depart for South Carolina to pick up two other components before being flown to Everett, WA to begin prototype assembly.
Despite terrible wind chill and a lengthy arrival delay, I greeted the LCF on Centrair's skydeck along with several hundred other photographers and employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Aisin-Seiki, and numerous other industrial heavyweights in Nagoya contributing to Boeing's newest commercial product.
Apologies for the awful night shots...I was expecting arrival around an hour before sunset.
3:30 pm...the pros are already setting up
the specialized loader is in position (the road Mitsubishi built to carry her wings from the delivery barge to the apron can be seen in the background)
As dusk settles, workers gather to greet the LCF
The sun sets over chilly Ise Bay
Boeing 876 has yet to arrive one hour past the scheduled arrival time
Finally, at 5:45 local, she touches down smoothly on runway 36 and taxies in
Eager staff from Boeing, MHI and KHI welcome the Dreamlifter
A flurry of activity begins at Spot 403
Nagoya looks forward to seeing the LCF much more often after tonight