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    Why is there a black balloon tied on with a piece of string to the tail of the Boeing 787 in this shot http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/...ing.flight.cnn from CNN?
    I can't sleep not knowing.

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    It is NOT a balloon, but a small parachute like device for some test equipment.
    If I remember right it is a wind speed indicator, in real time.

    There is also another one, that will pull out a VERY long antenna like cable, which will create midair drag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    It is NOT a balloon, but a small parachute like device for some test equipment.
    Thanks Dave. I'm off to bed now, for a peaceful sleep.

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    Fitting that they should call it the Dreamliner, eh?

    Bill K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgreaves View Post
    Why is there a black balloon tied on with a piece of string to the tail of the Boeing 787 in this shot http://www.cnn.com/v...eing.flight.cnn from CNN?
    I can't sleep not knowing.



    Is it it's birthday?


    John (Unreconstructed Jacobite)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonWallace View Post
    Is it it's birthday?
    I thought it might be a prank; we used balloons as water-bombs back in the days when I thought I was really clever, a long time ago. I had an image of one of the crew climbing through the fuselage to the tail-fin end (shades of Nevil Shute's "No Highway") and cutting the string as they flew back over the indignitaries,.

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    Interested in the Boeing 787 check out http://boeingblogs.com/randy/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Norton View Post
    Interested in the Boeing 787 check out http://boeingblogs.com/randy/
    Thanks Gary, some excellent photos.
    All I know is that I wouldn't dream of getting on any airplane that doesn't have a black balloon tied on with a piece of string.
    I'm thinking of packing a balloon and string in my carry-on, just in case they've forgotten.

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    Yes, the second plane took flight today and yes it also had this "balloon" tied to it's tail.

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