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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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Where will the Internet come from?
By timmiser on 6/28/2007 5:55:05 PM , Rating: 0
So on an overseas flight, how will the airline receive high speed internet to transmit to it's passengers through their Cat5 lines?




RE: Where will the Internet come from?
By SexyK on 6/28/2007 6:23:27 PM , Rating: 2
Satellites?


RE: Where will the Internet come from?
By danrien on 6/28/2007 9:13:42 PM , Rating: 5
really long wires.


RE: Where will the Internet come from?
By oab on 6/28/2007 11:43:06 PM , Rating: 3
I heard it was sea turtles.


RE: Where will the Internet come from?
By johnsonx on 6/29/2007 12:59:13 AM , Rating: 4
via a series of tubes, of course!


By mndeg on 7/1/2007 5:39:26 PM , Rating: 2
will it be like a dump truck?


By Screwballl on 7/3/2007 10:14:06 AM , Rating: 2
spotty satellite connections that will start somewhere around $30 per flight... it will likely cover the main US and certain paths overseas, I would think more coverage over the Pacific as they are much longer flights...


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