1st it Was Adieu to its 747 – – – Now it’s Welcome to the 787

Last July we watched the movingly beautiful farewell Air France gave to its last Boeing 747, but now we get to watch as it celebrates the delivery of its first new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” replacement.

[1]: We start with a quick visit to the Boeing Factory in Seattle, and then, in this 1st Video (1:59), we join the flight crew as they deliver it home to Paris.

[2]: The next short (1:47) video shows it majestically flying over France;

[3] and the 3rd Video (3:04) shows the new 787’s inaugural VIP flight, one accompanied by the French Air Force Flight Exhibition Team, the Patrouille de France. Remember to turn up your audio and then switch to full-screen to fully enjoy the high resolution video.

Next, a video (1:44) shows how the Air France Pilots have become ready to guide  the new Dreamliners through the skies.

Below, we see “Back to the Future, the 787 is coming!”  This (1:36 long) video shows the Air France 787 being manufactured and finally painted, all in impressive time-lapse videography.

And, last, we see a short (5:10) video about Air France Pilot, Thomas Pesquet, who, in addition to working a a full-time Air France Airbus A319 pilot, is also one of the vew European Astronauts, and the first to also be a pilot.  Thomas had to learn Russian in addition to his other training, since fluency in Russian is also a requirement for each astronaut.  Already being a pilot, Mr. Pesquet was naturally fluent in English, since that is the International language of aviation world-wide.

 

 

 

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