On July 7, for the first time in Boeing’s history, models of each of its 700-series airliners were assembled in one place. The Museum of Flight hosted the gathering following the rollout of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner.
Each plane landed briefly at Paine Field to coordinate their flights, then took off for Boeing Field, the site of the company’s flight test program. The planes landed in the sequence of their aircraft model numbers, beginning with an Omega Air 707, which landed at 7:07 p.m.
When they had all arrived, the planes lined up nose to tail on the runway. The spectacular lineup included an AirTran Airways 717, FedEx 727, Alaska Airlines 737-800 and a 747-200 flying test bed for the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine (which powers the 787). A Continental Airlines 757, Delta Air Lines 767 and Air France 777-300ER followed those aircraft.