787 Dreamliner First Flight

Boeing 787

Boeing 787 Dreamliner


Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off on first flight.

After numerous delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner had its first flight today. And a beautiful sight it was to watch even though weather conditions were poor. The model in question that flew today was the 787-8.

Some interesting Boeing 787 information:

  • The aircraft is 50% composite materials by weight.
  • Engines: 2 x General Electric GEnx or Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
  • Length: 186 ft (57 m) [787-8 model]
  • Wingspan: 197 ft (60 m) [787-8 model]
  • Height: 55 ft 6 in (16.92 m)
  • Empty weight: 242,000 lbs (110,000 kg) [787-8 model]
  • Max. takeoff weight: 502,500 lb (228,000 kg) [787-8 model]
  • Cruise speed: 487 knots (561 mph, 903 kph)  @ 40,000 ft/12,200 m
  • Ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,106.4 m)
  • Range: 7,650 – 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 – 15,200 km) [787-8 model]
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