Anyway . . . on Friday there was to be a great event. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was celebrating 6 months in service with a flyover of Derby and the Rolls-Royce facilities. The 787 is powered by the Trent 1000 which is the engine program I personally work on. Some other engine company also supplies engines for the 787, but Rolls-Royce was FIRST with the launch customer of ANA (Air Nippon Airways) in Japan. What an opportunity to get to see it fly over head!
From our inter-company website:
Derby fails to see Dreamliner as weather puts dampener on flyover
27 April 2012
Despite the Boeing 787 Dreamliner making two attempts to find a break in the cloud as it circled above Derby, UK the British weather intervened with rain and low cloud calling a halt to the proceedings.
Courageous employees [that's me] battled the elements to try to witness the 787 flyby in recognition of all involved in the highly successful production of the Trent 1000, but left disappointed as cloud cover masked Boeing's salute.
We'll just have to use our imagination!
Panning a little to the right and trying to capture the setting sun (yes, we saw the sun!). Outstanding view. Thanks Derek, Andrea and Annabel!
Given that today was absolutely rotten outside (rubbish!), we did manage to get out to the movies to see Hunger Games. We enjoyed it; both those that have read it (girls) and those that haven't (boys). Maybe I'll add it to the list.
Off to the Lake District next weekend. Please, please, please don't rain the entire time. Have a good week.