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Boeing Model 40 Meets the 787 Dreamliner


May 27, 2010 — Boeing’s newest airliner, the 787 Dreamliner, rendezvoused with the company’s first one, a 1928 Boeing Model 40, earlier this month in the skies over Mount Rainier south of Seattle. The Boeing 40, owned, restored, and flown by Addison Pemberton, EAA 154948, of Spokane, is the only flyable Model 40 in the world and is the oldest flying Boeing aircraft of any kind. Boeing Chief Test Pilot Mike Carriker, EAA 505412, maneuvered the 787, ZA001, into formation with the Model 40 at 12,000 feet. Photographer Ryan Pemberton, EAA 865559, in an A36 Bonanza, then lined up to take the photos. (To learn more about how they did it, click here.)

“It really took a lot of work and planning,” Carriker said. “When I came alongside the Model 40 against those big puffy clouds it was unbelievable. Here is this 1928 biplane flying with a 2010 airplane side by side. It was really exciting.”

The Model 40 won the Antique Grand Champion at AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, and was the subject of this video. Join the discussion about the flight on Oshkosh365 as well as on EAA’s Facebook page.

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