First Boeing aircraft made in SC to take flight

      Pictured above is the first Charleston-made Boeing 787 as it sits on the tarmac at the Boeing facility. (WCIV)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The first Boeing 787 made in South Carolina goes up for a test flight this week.

      Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger confirms that the first flight is planned for Wednesday. The plane will take off from the Charleston International Airport near the company's new $750 million North Charleston assembly plant.

      The plane, which was rolled out in a ceremony last month, has been purchased by Air India.

      The plant should turn out four completed aircraft by year's end. By the end of 2013, the plant should be producing about three-and-a-half of the speedy, light aircraft a month.

      The planes are made partly from composite material of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.