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(Source: Charles Conklin)

(Source: Charles Conklin)
An eager photographer catches the 787 Dreamliner in the buff

It has been a long time coming, but the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner has rolled off the assembly line. Charles Conklin -- an avid aviation enthusiast -- managed to snap some pictures of a fully assembled Dreamliner sans paint.

According to Flightblogger, the official roll-out ceremony for the Dreamliner is on July 8 with the first delivered scheduled to take place in May of next year. The production run of aircraft is completely booked until 2013 at the earliest.

The Dreamliner is the next generation of airliners for Boeing and makes use of composite materials in 50 percent of its body and wings. The use of composite materials has helped Boeing keep the weight down which allows the Dreamliner to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than its closest rivals. Top speed for the aircraft is Mach 0.85.

Business travelers will appreciate the integrated networking capabilities on the Dreamliner. Boeing had initially planned to equip its Dreamliner with wireless networking, but instead decided on a wired networking to save 150 pounds per plane.

As of April, 44 customers have ordered 544 Dreamliners at a cost of $75 billion USD.

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RE: Prototype?
By omnicronx on 6/28/2007 3:38:03 PM , Rating: -1
ya this is a production plane.. i read about this thing years ago, i think its been constantly delayed

RE: Prototype?
By Hoser McMoose on 6/28/2007 4:19:12 PM , Rating: 5
Actually the 787 has been rather remarkable due to it's LACK of delays! While I'm sure there were some minor setbacks here and there, and the design did change somewhat from the original plan in the 90's vs. the new plans after 2001 (pretty much all of the airline industry changed then), but it's been essentially 100% on-schedule.

Are you sure you aren't confusing this plane with it's competitor, the Airbus 350? That plane has seen multiple delays, though to be fair, most of them had little to do with designing the plane itself so much as changing the focus of the design and dumping resources into the seemingly bottomless pit that is the Airbus A380.

RE: Prototype?
By Misty Dingos on 6/28/2007 10:21:35 PM , Rating: 2
Just a question? Do you work for Airbus?

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