Boeing is showing off its newest model, 787 Dreamliner, ahead of the Paris Air Show next week. Its pilots put the aircraft through its paces in a teaser video, starting with a takeoff that appears nearly vertical. (Video via Boeing)
Now, some of that’s a trick of camera angles. Commuter jets aren’t lightweight military fighters. (Video via Lockheed Martin)
One airline pilot told CNN that passengers should expect launch angles more in the 20-degree neighborhood when the plane is loaded down with people and luggage. (Video via CNN)
Think of the teaser stunt as proof the plane can handle any stresses placed on it, like the wing load tests Boeing ran back in 2010. If it can handle this, it can handle day-to-day operations.
The 787-9 will have a higher fuel capacity than the 787-8 — of course — and will be more fuel-efficient than the 767 Boeing designed it to replace.
The 787 entered service with commercial carriers in 2011, but as of 2014 there are only 163 flying, compared to the 795 Boeing 767s still in service.
And in the U.S. especially, the 787 has run into some roadblocks. Or airblocks. Think of the Dreamliner, and you probably think of how…
And there was a software bug that Boeing’s testing showed could have shut down a plane’s electronics if they were left on for too long.
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