Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes First Domestic Flight
November 5, 2012 2:42 PM
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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4
Boeing finally sent its 787 Dreamliner on its North American debut Sunday morning after
several delays over the years
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner departed Bush Intercontinental Airport 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. The new plane carried over 200 passengers from Houston to Chicago, touching the ground two and a half hours after taking off.
Shortly before the flight took place, United Airlines completed its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
"I want to thank my co-workers who worked so carefully and professionally to get United certified to operate the Dreamliner," said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc. (the holding company for United Airlines). "Many people from across the company
put in a lot of work
to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I'm proud to share this important day with all of them."
The 787 Dreamliner was delayed for years before this official debut, mainly due to manufacturing and cost-related issues. Delays have dated back as far as 2008.
?787 Dreamliner business first cabin
The first 787 Dreamliner
made its maiden flight
in December 2009.
is an efficient airplane made of lightweight carbon composites, which features a whole new passenger experience with dimmable windows, LED lights, reclining business class seats and even higher humidity. These lighter materials mean airlines can use less fuel.
The Dreamliners have 36 first-class seats, 70 premium-economy seats and 113 economy seats. United said it ordered 50 787s.
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11/5/2012 9:53:47 PM
Sounds like he was in the tail and experiencing a dutch roll.
Here's the best video I could find showing the tail-wagging that happens in a dutch roll:
Obviously it's exaggerated in the video, but even with a smaller amplitude the yawing motion is exaggerated in the tail section of long planes. The yaw damper helps minimize it, but doesn't eliminate it entirely (it's one of the fundamental stable modes of plane motion). I've felt it at times in pretty much every type of plane I've been on, and even aboard a hydrofoil ship. Boeing had the problem early on with the 777, with a lot of passengers in the back getting sick. I think they fixed it with a software patch which changed how the yaw damper worked.
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