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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: Monty Python Hommage
By Ringold on 6/29/2007 5:05:31 AM , Rating: 3
Hours later, an NSA wiretap picks up a call from an Airbus Executive to EU President Angela Merkel:

"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"

Simultaneously, an NRO satellite snaps a photo of the newly installed pro-American pro-capitalist French President Sarkozy drunkenly singing and dancing on a private yacht owned by an EADS executive in the Mediterranean, with another microphone recording:

Sarkozy: Brave Sir Airbus ran away
Exec: No!
Sarkozy: Bravely ran away away
Exec: We haven't!
Sarkozy: When danger reared its ugly head, they bravely turned their tail and fled.
Exec: We never did!
Sarkozy: Yes, brave Sir Airbus turned about, and valiantly, they chickened out.
Exec: Oh, you liar!
Sarkozy: Bravely taking to their feet, they beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by brave Sir Airbus.

RE: Monty Python Hommage
By Misty Dingos on 6/29/2007 6:07:54 AM , Rating: 1
If it were possible I would vote for your post. It was much funnier than mine.

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