“Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” – Amelia Earhart
COMBAT-READY? Watch the video and might think so. It truly is a pleasure to see the power, grace and agility built in to Boeing’s dream machine; just watch how she handles!
Boeing’s 787 is a far cry from the flying machines Ms. Earhart flew in her day, but it looks like this Dreamliner’s test pilots are having at least as much fun as Amelia did in her flying machines!
The Dreamliner, Boeing’s most fuel-efficient long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner, is built with mostly composite materials and seats 242 to 335 passengers. It’s state-of-the-art design and flight systems, swept wingtips, noise-reducing chevrons (on its engine nacelles), modern, spacious interiors and dramatically increased fuel efficiency are the airliner’s signature features.
A public naming contest online determined the E7 would be called the “Dreamliner.”
In the late 1990’s, Boeing began studying replacement aircraft for its 767s, eventually deciding on the “7E7” using Sonic Cruiser technology. Production and delivery delays plagued the project, but its maiden flight finally took place in December 2009 and it was put into commercial service in October 2011.
After several “bugs” were discovered, Boeing had to take its 787s out of service until the issues could be resolved. In April of 2013, the Dreamliner was back in action!
The 787 is the first production airliner with the fuselage assembled with one-piece composite barrel sections.
The airliner is approximately 20 percent more fuel-efficient thanks to its two new engine types, the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx, which use all-electrical bleedless systems. Boeing lists the materials used to build the aircraft by weight as 50% composite, 20% aluminum, 15% titanium, 10% steel, and 5% other.
Japanese companies co-designed and built 35% of the aircraft.
The 787’s cabin windows are larger in area than any other civil air transport in-service or in development.
The internal cabin pressure of the 787 is the equivalent of 6,000 feet (1,800 m) altitude which significantly improves passenger comfort.
The cabin air-conditioning system removes ozone, airborne particles, odors, irritants, gaseous contaminants and particulates like viruses, bacteria and allergens.
The 787 program is expected to be profitable after 1,100 aircraft have been sold.
Boeing collaborates with suppliers worldwide, and final assembly takes place at the Boeing Factory in Everett, Washington, and at the Boeing South Carolina factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.
– WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYiNG –
YouTube: The pilot on the vertical takeoff; “You mean this isn’t a F-18?” LOL!! As much as I believe Boeing goofed on the assembly phase, this bird has some gorgeous lines on it. One of the most sexiest planes out there. – Shakenama
Facebook: There is nothing like a boeing. Sorry Airbus. For transatlántico flights. There is nothing like a Boeing aircraft. For a long flight if it is not boeing….I AM not going!!! – Juan Francisco Marquez
“The air is noticeably better than any other aircraft I’ve been in. It’s not as cold and dry”
cnet: The plane itself, now that I’m looking at it, is gorgeous: multicolored LED lighting, massive windows (at least twice as big as other plane’s), swoopy curves to everything. This thing is quiet. Wow. Easily the quietest jet I’ve been on. Announcements, by the crew, are noticeably clearer than any plane I’ve heard. It’s such a minor thing, but hearing voices come over the PA that sound like voices.
The windows are amazing.There are no shades. Instead, they’re electrochromic, dimming at the touch of a button — yours, or the flight attendant’s master switch. Dimmed, they give the world a blue tint (blue-green in direct sunlight, it seems). It’s undeniably cool, and I’m not just talking color temperature.
I’ll give Boeing credit for designing a plane that is actually more pleasant to fly in. Decades of cattle-car cramming has taken some of the magic from flying, and while the 787 doesn’t exactly fix that, it certainly makes it less unpleasant. – Geoffrey Morrison