Boeing plans Dreamliner flyover Friday at Heritage

info@islandpacket.comApril 10, 2012 

Boeing will showcase its 787 Dreamliner during a low-altitude flyover Friday during the second round of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The new jetliner will drop to 1,000 feet and fly over the 18th fairway at noon, according to a company representative. Players have been told about the flyover and will pause as it buzzes the course, a tournament spokeswoman said.

Boeing opened a 787 assembly plant last summer in North Charleston.

"The RBC Heritage offers the perfect spot to showcase the 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina," Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager Jack Jones said at Monday's Heritage opening ceremonies.

RUSSELL RETURNS

Tonight's performance by Gregg Russell under the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town marks the 36th year he's entertained families during the Heritage.

"The great part is that during the Heritage we get to see people we don't see the rest of the year; people who used to live here or work here come back," he said.

Also, his show has led to friendships with PGA Tour players.

"We see them riding through Sea Pines on bicycles with their children, and then we see the children riding on their own," Russell said.

Russell has learned that "the good moms and dads are the ones who are really hands-on with their children, showing them what a great world this is."

Russell's song about Hilton Head Island, "Come Away Home," has been incorporated into the CBS Sports telecast for about 15 years, he said.

Russell's show will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday nights, local favorite the Chilly Willy Band takes the Liberty Oak stage. The Simpson Brothers will play every night at the Quarterdeck. Bands also will be playing Thursday through Saturday nights at two stages around the Harbour Town pier.

SLIPS FILLED

All boat slips within the inner circle of Harbour Town Yacht Basin are booked for the week, which hasn't been the case in recent years. Although some large boats are docked, the boats in the marina will be, for the most part, smaller this year. Silting in the marina makes it too shallow for some boats to get in and out at low tide. Also, several commercial slips outside the inner basin are no longer usable due to the silting.

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