The second Boeing 787, ZA002, has been transferred to Victorville, California, for three weeks of testing, which will include ground effects testing, marking the first time the 787 has been based outside of Washington State.
“Victorville’s airfield is the former George Air Force Base,” said Randy Neville, chief pilot for ZA002. “There is ample ramp space for parking and plenty of on-site facilities. There is a long runway and plenty of level, clear land along the approach to the runway. We can operate there without disrupting air traffic control or other commercial aircraft.”
More than 150 Boeing employees will be stationed at Victorville for the trials to support and monitor the aircraft.