Live from Everett, it’s Dreamliner One

Photos are courtesy of Matt Cawby



18 Responses to Live from Everett, it’s Dreamliner One

  1. TomB January 23, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    Can someone explain what is going on in these pictures?

  2. RobH January 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm #

    In the top picture we see the workers that have been giving their sweat and tears since last April, and in the bottom picture we can see that Boeing now wants their blood :)

  3. Mathew McBride January 23, 2008 at 10:25 pm #

    Apologies if this has been asked before, but whats the hatch on top of the cockpit for?

  4. TomB January 23, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

    The hatch is probably the e-hatch but i am not certain about that.

  5. yasobara January 23, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    The hatch on top the cockpit is for pilots to escape through in case of emergency. On legacy Boeing airplane one of cockpit windshield would slide open for emergency escape, but 787′s windshields do not open.


  6. Andrew January 24, 2008 at 6:00 am #

    Its frustratingly dark, but damned if I can see the elevators, and maybe the engines are not fitted.
    Anybody know how to enhance the pic?

  7. Mathew McBride January 24, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    “On legacy Boeing airplane one of cockpit windshield would slide open for emergency escape”

    My first reaction: E-hatch? I’d rather try to smash the cockpit window! (On second thoughts, that won’t work of course)

    Funny how things look so small in photos!

  8. patrick January 24, 2008 at 6:48 am #

    looks like they are far far away to get this bird ready.

  9. Burt January 24, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    I lightened up the pics and saw a few things:

    1. No flightdeck
    2. No forward bulkhead
    3. Many temp fasteners near radome mount
    4. No radar mount, or radar, or radar wiring.
    5. Missing front windows
    6. Horizontal Stab removed
    7. Suprising lack of workers!

  10. Jon Ostrower/Flightblogger January 24, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    The picture was taken yesterday morning at 9AM PST.

  11. Boji January 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    LN 2 is arriving and is in much better shape than LN1. In fact LN2 has way more of the work completed than LN1. My bet is that LN 2 will make to the air before LN1 (Smoke & Mirrors Liner).
    It looks like they moved it closer to the door in an effort to allow for the assembly of LN2

  12. Boji January 24, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    Installation of the Radar Antenna is a pretty easy straight forward bolt on installation. The glideslope antenna is mounted inside the bottom of the radome.

  13. canute January 25, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    Hmm, finally someone has made the case against the 787 mandrel molded barrels over at Link

    That post pretty much sums up what I’ve been saying about the 787 for the last couple of years. The poster has made an excellent graphical presentation on why the mandrel molded barrels require a significant number of fasteners. In contrast; take a close look at picture 3: Panel approach max (Stringers, frames, doorframes, window-frames, reinforcements all co cured with the panel)

    Also, the poster forecasts are pretty much spot on.


    Forecast 1: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be inferior regarding crash worthiness
    Forecast 2: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be more expensive in production
    Forecast 3: CFRP Barrel fuselages will turn out to be heavier
    Forecast 4: The B787 will be the last airliner using CFRP barrel fuselages
    Forecast 5: The NG Narrowbodies from Boeing and Airbus will use CFRP panels
    Forecast 6: The first 787 write off will be after an incident smaller than BA038 because of unrepairable fuselage damage (something like this: Photo © Jarett Sirko, such a hole can not be patched)
    Forecast 7: After the first comparing incident with an A350 the plane will not be written off
    Forecast 8: CFRP Panel fuselages will allow replacement of single panels for repair of heavy damage (how?: Put the plane in a corset to fix the shape while part of the skin is missing, remove the fasteners for the panel, skin with stringers and frames is replaced as one piece).

  14. Jon Ostrower/Flightblogger January 25, 2008 at 10:38 am #

    What’s arrived for Dreamliner Two:

    Tail and Rudder
    Wing tips
    Control Surfaces
    Tail Cone
    Horizontal Stabilizer

    What you see behind LN1 is ZY997 the Static Test airframe.

    Also, could the commenter ‘Joe’ please drop me an email at flightblogger (at) gmail (dot) com when you are able.



  15. Ed January 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    Jon, perhaps you could help me compare the progress of work done since the latest delay announcement.

    The above pictures appear to show:

    - rework ongoing on the S44/S46 body join (where they guy with the white cap stands on the scaffolding.
    - no interior installations in the areas visible
    - some overhead bins visible on the floor in the lower center of the image
    - no windows or upper instrument panel in flight deck (how much of the flight deck is in?)
    - tail is missing the inboard leading edge
    - can’t see engines (are they removed?)
    - may be jacked up (is it?)
    - tailfin looks complete with leading edge in place
    - No forward bulkhead
    - No radar mount, or radar, or radar wiring (is this correct?)

    Is it just naive to think that power up is possible by jan 31st?

    If the advancements made towards power up have slipped this much in a month, what are the chances of it actually flying inside the revised schedule?

    Kind Regards

  16. drool January 25, 2008 at 10:40 pm #


    You might explain again the order of airframes off the line and where the #2 flying plane fits in.

    BTW: Nice “get” on the photo.

    We need more “boffins” to chime it too that know about planes and are free to speak.

    By the way, that is the emergency flight deck exit. This plane does not have opening windows on the cockpit like the 747 which also has an overhead emergency exit.

  17. drool January 25, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Pardon my grammar in my last post.

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