I must pause here in the middle of my QM2 posts, to commemorate the summer solstice—Boeing style.
Nearly a full year ago a test was initiated via the “schedule” to test the landing lights of the prized 737 (which is delivered at a rate of roughly one per day here in Seattle). This test can oly be done at night, during a long enough wedge of time to get good results, and with the lowest ambiant light conditions possible (read: not anywhere near Seattle).
Due to other more pressing test issues, the test is pushed back…and pushed back…and pushed back. From last fall into deep winter, then spring. Now we are at summer solstice: the longest day of the year, the longest daylight and the shortest sliver of darkness.
OK! Let’s fly!
It is a great motivating factor, trying to beat the sun. Test complete, they are all home by 5am…