Boeing (Chicago) has retired the second 787 prototype (N787EX), which was painted in ANA colors. 787-83Q N787EX (msn 40691) was flown to Palmdale, CA (PMD) yesterday from Seattle (Boeing Field) (BFI) and is now officially retired from flight testing. As with the first prototype, servicable parts, such as the engines, will be removed, and the rest of the aircraft put up into long term storage. Of the six (6) primary test aircraft, ZA001 – ZA006, only ZA005 (N787FT) and ZA003 (N787BX) remain flying. ZA003 is now the primary display aircraft for the Boeing tours and demonstrations. ZA004 (N7874) currently sits engineless on the military ramp next to the Museum of Flight. ZA006 was flown down to Boeing’s San Antonio, TX facility last month to have the flight test equipment removed and to prepare the aircraft for modification for delivery to the customer.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. N787EX taxies past the camera at Boeing Field.