COAST: First day of flying

Thursday,October 20 had been on our project schedule since January as our target datefor the first COAST test flight.  Thanks to the great folks at CIRPAS(, we started instrument integration last Friday, Oct14.  All went well with installation and procedure review.  The teamhas been here all week working hard for Thursday.  Thursday came and wentwith nothing but fog, but today we have been lucky and the fog cleared by12:30.  After a quick mechanical test flight with no hitches, the firstflight test with our three instruments was underway by 2:15.