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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 Keeir on 6/28/2007 3:38:29 PM , Rating: 3
I would say "production"

I believe there will be a total of 7 planes used in certification testing program. Some planes will be broken/destroyed for actual use by Static and Fatigue testing.

Other planes will be used for systems, airflow, and in-service simulations. Usually an aircraft manufacturer will deliever some of the flight test aircraft to a customer (at a discount)...

But aside from some minor updates (which always occur during the lifespan of aircraft production) this 787 is identical to the planes which will be delivered to customers starting next year


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