RBC Heritage

Flyover canceled at RBC Heritage same day of NYT investigation of Boeing

On the same day that the Boeing flyover, one of the most anticipated features of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing PGA Tour golf tournament, was canceled, the New York Times published an investigative report saying the North Charleston factory, where the 787 Dreamliner is produced, “has been plagued by shoddy production and weak oversight that have threatened to compromise safety.”

The investigation — which included interviews with factory workers, as well as internal documents — found “a culture that often valued production speed over quality” because of manufacturing delays.

This comes afters hundreds of passengers were killed in two crashes of Boeing’s 737 Max just minutes after takeoff, one taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, in October, the other from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March.

On Hilton Head Island, the Boeing flyover has become a highlight for spectators, many of whom place themselves close to Harbour Town for a photo opportunity of both the lighthouse and the plane, which usually makes two close loops over the course and dips a wing on its way back to Charleston.

The short visit brings loud cheers throughout the course.

Two announcements from Heritage Classic Foundation went out Saturday about the Hilton Head Island flyover — one saying it would happen at 4 p.m. Saturday, and another just hours later, saying it was canceled as a result of Friday’s severe thunderstorm, which brought torrential rain, high winds and delayed the second day of play at the tournament for about four hours.

The stormy weather meant that Boeing could not begin a “pre-flight” process as planned Friday, the release said.

A 787 Dreamliner was scheduled to fly over Calibogue Sound and down the 18th fairway from the tee to the green at 4 p.m., the tournament had announced Saturday morning.

It would have been a 787-10, the newest and longest of the three planes in the Dreamliner family, according to a news release.

It is built exclusively in South Carolina. It is 224 feet long and has a wingspan of 197 feet. It seats approximately 330 passengers.

This would have been the seventh Boeing flyover at the Heritage.