Within 10 minutes of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's takeoff today, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., issued this statement:
“Today’s maiden flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a game changer. It marks a new level of technological excellence by combining the world’s best jet fuel efficiency with lower emissions, a more comfortable passenger experience and a quieter environment for airport communities.
“I want to offer a special congratulations to Boeing’s exceptionally productive and skilled work force in Washington state who made this historic first flight a reality. Watching all their hard work take flight today is truly evidence that American workers can compete and win to build the best products in the world.
“The Dreamliner adds to the long list of breakthrough Boeing aircraft created in Washington, including the 707, 747 and the 777, which revolutionized commercial air travel. Thanks to composite material, the 787 will be the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, helping both the consumer as well as the environment.”
The flight (two years behind schedule) was to last five hours and hundreds of miles during which pilots were to engage in several tests to make sure the plane would perform in the air as well as it does on paper.
Given the junior senator's certitude about success, don't you wonder why the flight and tests were necessary?