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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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150Lb?
By bdot on 6/28/2007 3:51:51 PM , Rating: 1
How do they save 150 pounds by using wired over wireless connection?

The only thing i could think of would be shielding for interferance purposes, but that would be solved by using different channels. Never mind that airplane communications and operations i would imagine should be operating at frequencies not used by normal retail hardware.

So how is hooking up wireless router eual out to 150lbs




RE: 150Lb?
By Samus on 6/28/2007 4:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
simple, 75 or so access points at 2lbs each. I'm sure they're cisco AP's in metal cases.


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