The S.C. Research Authority office complex (center, bottom) is adacent to the Boreing Co. 787 campus off International Boulevard in North Charleston.
On Feb. 26, the first South Carolina Boeing 787 Dreamliner made the turn down the back stretch of the U-shaped assembly line in North Charleston. Two months later, on April 27, the historic jet will leave the massive facility again -- this time for good. It will then be flight-tested, painted in Texas and then returned to the Lowcountry for delivery to Air India. (Boeing photo)
The thousands of employees and several hundred invited guests cheer at the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner that was assembled in South Carolina rolls out of the final assembly plant in North Charleston Friday April 27, 2012. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com)
Boeing Rolls out the first 787 assembled in South Carolina.( Leroy Burnell/postandcourier.com/4/27/2012 )
Thousands of employees and several hundred invited guests welcomed the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner assembled in South Carolina during the rollout ceremony on Friday April 27, 2012. (Wade Spees/postandcourier.com)
Test pilots practice touch and go landing with Boeing's first South Carolina built 787 at Charleston International Airport at the end of a five hour test flight. (Brad Nettles/postandcourier.com) 5/23/12