Catching up with the Boeing prototype aircraft
Recently we put together a post charting the various prototype aircraft produced for each Airbus type. It proved popular, so next in line is the Boeing prototype aircraft.
The prototype model is the first of the type to fly, and will later be joined by other examples to help achieve flight certification.
Following this, the prototype will often either be kept for future testing and modification, delivered to an airline customer, sent to a museum or stored and ultimately scrapped.
Boeing 707 (original 367-80)
N70700. Preserved at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA (alongside Washington Dulles Airport).
Crashed 17 September 1965.
N717XA. Scrapped at Long Beach, CA. Parts may still exist.
Scrapped in 1982.
N7001U was preserved at Everett Paine Field, but on 2nd March 2016 undertook its final flight as it positioned to the nearby Boeing Field in Seattle for display at the Museum of Flight.
Scrapped in 2003.
N515NA. Preserved at Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA.
Scrapped in 2013.
Scrapped in 2006.
N406US. Withdrawn from use and being broken up at Tucson, AZ. May be gone already.
Scrapped in 2013
LN-RRO. Active with SAS.
TC-SNY. Active with SunExpress.
N302AS. Active with Alaska Airlines.
N7470. Preserved at the Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA.
Scrapped in 2003
Scrapped in 2010.
N661US. Recently retired at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, GA. Will be preserved at Delta Flight Museum.
Scrapped in 1999.
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9K-GAA. Active with Kuwait Government.
Boeing 747-8 Freighter
LX-VCA. Active with Cargolux.
N757A. Active as a testbed with Boeing. Usually at Boeing Field, Seattle, WA.
Boeing 757-300D-ABOA. Active with Condor.
Scrapped in 2006.
JA8236. Scrapped, but cockpit retained with Scroggins Aviation for movie work.
Boeing 767-400N825MH. Active with Delta Air Lines.
Boeing 777-200B-HNL. Preserved at Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson (from September 2018)
Boeing 777-300B-HNE. Active with Cathay Pacific.
One of the prototype 787s, N787BX / ZA003 is now on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, alongside the original 737 and 747.
N787BA. Preserved at Nagoya Chubu Centrair Airport, Japan.
N787EX / ZA002 is at the Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ.
N7874, the fourth prototype aircraft, is used as a demonstrator at Seattle Boeing Field, but is likely to be converted to a BBJ and sold off.