Two years after the official rollout of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner--and a seemingly endless series of delays
--the plane finally made its first flight Tuesday in Everett, Wash. Before Boeing employees, press, and aviation fans, the plane took to the air at 10:28 a.m., soaring into the sky while thousands cheered.
The plane is vital to Boeing's plans to keep ahead of its archrival, Airbus
, which had its first commercial flight in 2008. Boeing must now put the 787 through about nine months of tests--assuming there are no more delays--before delivering the first plane to a customer--expected to be All Nippon Airways--in 2010.