Sad news, the 5th 787 ever built, US reg. N787FT, or MSN 40695 • LN 6, was sadly the first 787 to be scrapped on the 23rd at Paine Field after being stored for a two years after being decommissioned in July of 2016.
Here’s some background about N787FT. It was the 5th 787-8 ever built in 2009. It was used as a testbed plane for the program for a long time until it was decommissioned and put in storage at Paine. It saw over 1600 flight hours with 1k of those hours being for testing.
But there’s an interesting ending to this. After Boeing determined that Line 5 was seen to have no commercial value besides being seen as a testbed. Boeing although said that they would keep some parts and send them to museums that would be for preservation. But the bright side is that this 787 will be actually reused and recycled for future use! What do you guys really think about this? Is it the beginning of the end of some 787’s?
You can read the full article here: https://airwaysmag.com/industry/op-ed-is-this-the-end-of-a-dream-liner/
Both photos were taken by Joe Walker