Friday, 29 June 2012

Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight debut at Farnborough International Airshow

Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Aerospace giant Boeing is to fly its passenger-carrying 787 Dreamliner airplane for the first time at the Farnborough International Airshow next month.

The long-range, wide-bodied, twin-engine jet, which can seat up to 290 passengers, is regarded as the most fuel-efficient airliner in the world.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will take part in flying displays at the famous airshow, which runs from July 9-15 outside London.

Boeing will also present its Enduring Awareness Pavilion showcasing a comprehensive display of advanced command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.

Tom Downey, senior vice president, Boeing Communications, said, "We are showcasing a full range of innovative new products, systems and services from our commercial, defense, space and security businesses. We're looking forward to the opportunities the show provides to meet with customers, partners and other stakeholders."

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Qatar Airways livery will be on static display July 9-11. Boeing plans to fly the 787 in the daily show displays. The airliner will be open by invitation only.

In addition, Korean Air will display its newest Boeing 737-900ER from July 9-12. Boeing will feature the new 737 MAX with a program update, and a full-scale model of the 737 MAX Advanced Technology winglet will be on view in the Boeing static display area.

The Enduring Awareness Pavilion is an interactive exhibit focused on C4ISR across every operational domain – air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. It will showcase more than 20 technologies – including the P-8A Poseidon, Space-Based Space Surveillance system, Airborne Early Warning and Control, eXMeritus HardwareWall, unmanned airborne systems from ScanEagle to Phantom Eye, and other capabilities.

The Pavilion, at location OE/5 and adjacent to the Boeing Chalet, will be open during normal air show hours for all visitors.

During the show's daily flying display, Boeing will demonstrate the capabilities of its advanced, multi-role F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter. Also on the flying program are the innovative Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor and the tactical and strategic C-17 Globemaster III airlifter.

The company and its customers will display several other systems, including the F-15E Eagle fighter and the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Visitors will be able to see these aircraft until Sunday, July 15.

Together with the Royal Aeronautical Society, Boeing is presenting airplanes built by students at the Yateley School (Hampshire) and the Marling school (Gloucestershire).

They are the first two complete planes among the six being built by schools participating in the "Schools Build a Plane Challenge" – an initiative providing young people in UK secondary schools with the opportunity to build an operational light aircraft from a kit.

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