Boeing Co. will fly one of its North Charleston-made 787 Dreamliners over the crowd during Saturday’s round at the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head, an event that is becoming an annual tradition for the aerospace giant.
Boeing is the presenting sponsor of the tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links, which attracts 100,000 spectators each year and millions more on live television broadcasts. Saturday’s round will be televised by CBS. The tournament started Thursday and the final round is scheduled for Sunday.
Saturday’s flyover of the 18th fairway is scheduled for 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Mike Zavada, vice president of business operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, called it “a great opportunity to showcase the technologically advanced products we are building just 100 miles up the road.”
This is will be the fourth time a Dreamliner has made a low pass over Harbour Town during the annual PGA event. Last year, a 787 flew along the course’s final hole and then circled the famous red-and-white striped lighthouse before crossing back over the fairway and rising out of sight. Boeing pilots performed the same feat in 2013 and 2012.
The Dreamliner that will fly over the tournament crowd Saturday is a 787-9 model being built for Vietnam Airlines. The plane will be delivered later this month, becoming the carrier’s seventh Dreamliner.
“I am looking forward to seeing a Boeing 787 that was built right here in South Carolina fly over Harbour Town and the Calibogue Sound,” Steve Wilmot, the tournament’s director, said in a statement.
Boeing has a large presence in North Charleston, where it makes the 787 Dreamliner along with a plant in Everett, Wash. Boeing has nearly 8,300 employees at its South Carolina facilities.
The company has been a key backer of RBC Heritage Presented By Boeing for the past five years, along with the Royal Bank of Canada. It was announced this week that both will return as sponsors in 2017.
Boeing also supports the Boeing Classic, a PGA event played in August in Snoqualmie, Wash.
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