CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than two and a half years of construction, technical training, production, and testing, and now the first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner made in South Carolina is ready to be rolled out.
"The roll out is an event that symbolizes the fact that the aircraft is complete. It's ready for what we call flight line activities, flight line systems and the types of testing we do prior to flying it," Boeing South Carolina General Manager Jack Jones said.
Nearly 6,000 employees work at the North Charleston plant, many of whom helped put each piece of the plane together.
"The last pieces are crown panels. They go up overhead that you see when you walk into an aircraft. Also some testing," Jones said.
Boeing execs say the momentous occasion, 2.5 years after the company came here, proves South Carolina was the right choice for the facility.
"Here we are 2.5 years later doing exactly what we said we'd do, and very close to the timeline we said we'd do. We're pretty pleased," Jones said.
Boeing will host a grand event to show off all their hard work at the South Carolina plant. It's one of three sites in the entire world where a wide-body plane can be built.
"Show up on Friday. It's going to be a fun day. This is really about acknowledging and recognizing the people who have put this plane together," Jones said.
State officials and Boeing executives are expected to be in town Friday for the big roll out ceremony. We will air the 787 rollout live on our second channel, Live 5+ at 1:30 Friday afternoon. It will stream live at www.live5news.com