The second Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane ever built has been donated to the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz.
The museum announced the donation on its Facebook page Thursday, with museum Director Scott Marchand calling the event “an extremely exciting and monumental time.”
The 787-8 — production No. ZA002 — was part of a fleet of Dreamliners that Boeing created for flight-testing purposes early in the program. It was flown to Arizona on Thursday.
“The aircraft accumulated over 960 flight hours over 300 flights in support of flight testing and certification of the 787-8,” Uresh Sheth, a Wall Street banker and Dreamliner enthusiast, said on his “All Things 787” website. “After it had completed these tasks, Boeing stored the aircraft in Palmdale, Calif., until the flight to Arizona.”
Sheth said on the blog that the ZA002 “first flew on Dec. 22, 2009, one week after the maiden flight of sistership ZA001.”
“The plane suffered an in-flight fire on Nov. 9, 2010, due to a piece of solder in a power distribution panel had caused a short circuit,” Sheth said. “The aircraft landed safely in Texas without any injuries, but this fire and the subsequent investigation and required fixes set back the 787 deliveries by six months.”
Boeing is keeping the first Dreamliner produced. It previously donated the third to the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
“Boeing announced in August 2009 that the first three 787s used in the flight test program had no commercial value and their costs would be recorded as research and development expense,” Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman told The Puget Sound Business Journal.
The Tucson museum said it plans to put its Dreamliner on public display next month after the plane’s engines and electronics are removed.
The test-flight Dreamliners were built in Everett, Wash., the sister site to Boeing’s Dreamliner production facility in North Charleston.
Moncks Corner-based electric utility Santee Cooper will offer investors a chance to buy municipal bonds for as little as $200 during a mini-bond sale that starts Wednesday.
Santee Cooper mini-bonds are available for purchase by South Carolina residents, customers of the utility, members of the state’s electric cooperatives, electric customers of the city of Georgetown and electric customers of the Bamberg Board of Public Works. The bonds are exempt from federal and state income taxes.
Interest rates vary according to the bond maturity dates, which range from 2020 through 2035. Beginning April 1, a complete list of interest rates will be available throughout the sale at www.scminibonds.com.
The last date to request an information packet for the 2015 Series M1 mini-bonds is April 24, and the last date to order mini-bonds is April 30. Investors can purchase mini-bonds directly from Santee Cooper by ordering bonds online at www.scminibonds.com or by calling toll-free 877-246-3338 to request information or order forms.
The maximum combined purchase is $50,000 per individual.
The mini-bond sale comes on the heels of Santee Cooper’s $1.1 billion in revenue obligation bonds that were sold last month. Nearly half of that amount was to refinance a portion of the utility’s debt. The rest will be used for capital projects, primarily Santee Cooper’s share in the ongoing construction of additional units at V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.
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