Houston, The 787 Has Landed

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Today I picked my kiddo up early from pre-school and we headed to IAH to watch the 787 Dreamliner arrive from Boeing Field. Normal people do this, right? Anyway, there were a couple dozen aviation enthusiasts on the top of the Terminal D garage also waiting for the big arrival. There were also many important folks down on the ground who were bused in for the occasion. I think our vantage point was better. 😉

Due to the weather, the plane took a scenic route to get to the airport, so the scheduled landing kept creeping a little later. Normally that wouldn’t matter, but it was about to start pouring at IAH, so we were really hoping it would land before that happened.

While we were waiting, my daughter had a blast running around the top of the parking garage and watching all the big planes. This was the international terminal, so there were some fun planes to watch. The Lufthansa A380 was sitting nearby, and that is always an impressive sight.

Just a few minutes before 4PM, the United 787 came in for a landing at its new home! I was holding (and talking to) a two year old, so iPhone quality is as good as I got on the video. The photos are courtesy of my parents who came with us.


It was noticeable that was a pretty quiet landing. After safely landing, the plane then drove through a ceremonial water cannon salute from two fire trucks. That was pretty cool!


It drove right by the many airline workers and other vehicles that were also lined up ready to welcome the plane. A downpour was pretty imminent at that point, so luckily for the folks attending, the 787 headed into a hanger to continue the festivities.

We headed home at that point, but it was pretty cool to be able to watch the aircraft come into our hometown airport for the first time. I am very excited to be on the 11/4 inaugural flight to Chicago, and then again on another flight with my family later that month. It will be neat to fly on a new aircraft, and since I have off and on issues with my ears when flying, I’m curious to see how being pressurized to 6,000 feet will feel.

Anyone else going to be on one of those first United 787 flights?



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  1. Great pics, thanks. I was IAH Thursday not knowing where it was. I’m using miles for BusinessFirst next month. EWR IAH SFO IAH DEN.

  2. Normal people surely do this! 😉 I especially loved the play-by-play to your daughter. That sounds like a typical exchange between my daughter and me. Everything is a learning experience!

    I’m looking forward to the 787’s arrival into SFO. Unfortunately, our flight to IAH that starts in December is a really painful redeye… I probably won’t have a reason to do it.

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