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Originally published December 13, 2009 at 10:39 AM | Page modified December 13, 2009 at 11:08 AM

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Boeing's 787 lifts its nose as 1st flight nears

Boeing pilots taxied the aerospace giant's new 787 jetliner down a runway at low and high speeds and simulated a rejected takeoff, lifting the much anticipated plane's nose off the ground, as the last tests were performed before the jet's first flight.

The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. —

Boeing pilots taxied the aerospace giant's new 787 jetliner down a runway at low and high speeds and simulated a rejected takeoff, lifting the much anticipated plane's nose off the ground, as the last tests were performed before the jet's first flight.

Mike Delaney, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787, says the company is analyzing data from tests to ensure Boeing is ready for the 787's first flight.

The company has scheduled a window for a first flight, starting Tuesday.

The Everett Herald reports the 787 reached speeds of 150 miles per hour during Saturday's tests.

The 787's arrival has been hotly anticipated, but the jet's delivery has suffered major delays, and is more than two years behind schedule.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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