Fortune Gets Up Close with 787

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Image Credit Fortune Magazine/Gregg Segal

Fortune magazine was given a peek inside the 787 assembly line and the result is amazing. They have a 40 shot slideshow that is just jaw dropping. Best I can tell, these photos were taken early last week.There’s also a video and article to go along with the photo essay.

UPDATE 6:44 AM: A little investigative work shows that the photos from the factory floor of Dreamliner 1, 2 and the Static and Fatigue airframes were taken on March 10 and 11. The Spirit and LCF photos from the flight line were taken March 20 and April 1 respectively. The photos from Japan were taken in late February.

10 Responses to Fortune Gets Up Close with 787

  1. Ed April 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm #

    Excellent. I really enjoyed that.

    I assume there will be a lot of zooming done on the photos of Dreamliner One and its status of completion.

  2. 64Plus April 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    ‘jaw dropping’ is apropos. Just the tooling alone is a phenomenal accomplishment.

    With all of what seems to be hide-and-seek, word games, and other shenanigans, the fact that many people have been working hard for several years can get lost. Some of them must be very frustrated with the turn of events.

    This program is stereotypical of many types of things that will be of interest and that will require continued attention, meaning, of course, that it goes far beyond just being about a plane.

  3. Ed April 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Just looking at all those guys working beside the aircraft gives a sense of how determined they are to get her in the air.

  4. Ed April 23, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    Just looking at all those guys working beside the aircraft gives a sense of how determined they are to get her in the air.

    I just noticed that Dreamliner One seems to be missing her engines?

  5. Jon Ostrower/Flightblogger April 23, 2008 at 5:51 pm #

    Yeah, you observe correctly. As a point of comparison, the first 777 didn’t have its engines installed until Feb 1994. Power on was in January 1994.

  6. John Band April 24, 2008 at 4:10 am #

    Well spotted Jon – brilliant set of pics

  7. T. Varadaraj April 24, 2008 at 6:57 am #

    Given that you don’t see people on the floor running around tearing their hair out, could it be that Boeing is finally getting a handle on it’s problems?

    Come on Boeing, get it into the air!

  8. Ed April 24, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Regarding the missing engines and also what appear to be some missing control surfaces:

    I assume they removed the wings in order to modify the wing box?

  9. Fred April 24, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Boeing only pays the final $$ when the engines get installed. They are always put on last to save $$$

    Airbus does the same thing – look at all the pix of the A380 assembly building and the engines are missing.

  10. Ed April 24, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    quoting Fred:
    ”Boeing only pays the final $$ when the engines get installed. They are always put on last to save $$$”

    The reason I asked is because the engines have been installed on Dreamliner One in previous pictures.