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Boeing adds third 787 Dreamliner to flight test program

Boeing has added a third 787 Dreamliner to its flight test program. It’s the fourth 787 to be built.

The plane, ZA004, took off Wednesday afternoon for the first time and flew three hours.

“Airplane No. 4 operated flawlessly,” Heather Ross, a co-pilot on the flight, said in a statement. Ross will serve as chief pilot for that particular aircraft.

The plane will be used for testing of aerodynamics, high-speed performance, propulsion performance, flight loads, community noise, extended operations and other flight conditions,  Boeing said.