The Boeing 787 Dreamliner & Flappy Wings Unveiled
“The old Boeing is back,” the same one that brought us the 747!
A scoop occurred due to Blogs and luck. On Sunday, July 8 Boeing will formally unveil the airplane that the world’s airlines want (cough, as opposed to what Airbus is offering), and in 9 languages, but pictures were taken yesterday since the plane had to move from one hanger to another near a public highway in Everett, WA. The 787 is a 330 passenger aircraft (vice the Airbus A380 at 840 passengers)
Photographer and aviation enthusiast Charles Conklin managed to get a few pictures of the first nearly-finished Boeing 787 as it rolled out of an assembly hangar early Tuesday morning.
Conklin said he got a tip that the plane would be rolling out sometime late Monday or early Tuesday, but the informant wasn’t sure exactly when it would happen.
He drove to the factory with his camera and telephoto lens so he could get shots from outside the Boeing property. For the first two hours he just sat and waited.
“I wasn’t sure whether the tip was going to pay off,” he said. “I basically gave myself a cutoff of midnight, and that’s when things finally started happening.”
The hangar doors opened and the 787 jet was rolled out and into a nearby paint hangar. The whole process took about 40 minutes, Conklin said.
Pictures at the link, and anywhere you google news “787.”
Conklin said his tipster was Jon Ostrower, who operates the Flightblogger web site.
Jon started the site in March and said he’s seen traffic to the blog grow steadily with his coverage of the 787.
He started receiving tips from Boeing employees about assembly and development of the aircraft, and said that he knew back in May an approximate date for the 787’s move to the paint hangar.
This is indeed the next generation of commercial airliners.
The new jetliner is due to be delivered in May 2008, and is now sold out for delivery until 2013.
Boeing employees have been rushing to finish the jet in time for its formal rollout ceremony on July 8, 2007.
The 787 will be the first large commercial airliner built mostly from light, sturdy composite materials instead of aluminum, making the plane more fuel-efficient and less expensive to maintain.
Boeing has lined up a vast network of suppliers around the globe that are manufacturing large pieces of the 787, which are then flown on a superfreighter to the final assembly plant in Everett
Superfreighter means the major cash cow the Ukraine got out of the USSR, its monster Ilyushins. And for comparison, the last big US bomber, the B-52H, stopped production in 1962.
Par is my prediction. We now have the Sonic Cruiser, 20% more efficient..