Boeing Just Spent 18 Hours Drawing a Massive Outline of a Plane Across America

August 3, 2017 Updated: August 3, 2017

Boeing just turned a normal routine test flight into something fun and worth looking at. 

Aircraft company, Boeing, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, flew an 18-hour endurance test flight across the United States on a 787 Dreamliner. 

Test-flights are not uncommon so to spice things up the company decided to trace the outline of a plane while flying over the United States. The plane took off from Seattle Wednesday afternoon and returned to the same location Thursday morning, according to FlightAware records. 

The outline touched 22 states across the country, from north to south—Michigan to Texas. It’s wing tips spanning across the country from top to bottom. 

“Rather than fly in random patterns, the test team got creative, flying a route that outlined a 787-8 in the skies over 22 states,” a Boeing spokesman told Business Insider.

The long flight was not just a waste of fuel. Various sources said that Boeing used the flight to test-run a new set of Rolls Royce engines, TechCrunch reports. 

Boeing’s Dreamliner flight path covered 9,896 miles, in the companies longest commercial route ever.

The previous longest route started in Doha, Qatar, all the way to Auckland, New Zealand, and took 16 hours, 10 minutes to cover the 9,021-mile distance.

From NTD.tv