Onboard Dreamliner Four

WICHITA, KS — Spirit Aerosystems showed off its forward 787 Section 41 today and invited the media onboard Dreamliner Four, the first nose section to be delivered with a 100% completion of assembly. The first photo features, from left to right, Dreamliners Four, Five, Six and Seven.




7 Responses to Onboard Dreamliner Four

  1. Ali Al-Anaya June 13, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    That is what I call organized progress.

    Good job Jon, thanks for sharing man.

  2. Zac June 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    Great Pics Jon. Thanks for the always great job you do! Keep em’ coming!

  3. 787fan June 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

    That first shot with the Nose section of # 4
    #5,#6,and #7 is AWESOME..
    I can always count on you to get my 787 fix.
    Keep them coming..

  4. dave June 14, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    Apologies for putting in a comment here but don’t know how else to put it in.

    On the 777 accident in London. It seems to me that the problem is like the old riddle of a man found hanging in the middle of the room and a puddle of water under him, how did he die? Answer the block of ice he was standing on melted.

    In my line of work (deepwater drilling) we come across hydrates which are a unusual mixture of water and gas that forms an ice like substance at the seabed. Hydrates can only form within a pressure temperature envelope. We regularly have problems with equipment blocking with hydrates near the seabed in water depths greater than 500m and where the seabed is at about 4 deg C or less ie within the hydrate window. Raise either the temperature or reduce the pressure and the hydrate melts. Any equipment blocked by hydrates mysteriously has no blockage by the time you bring it to surface because the temperature has been raised and the pressure dropped.

    The 777 investigators are struggling to explain how a fuel can freeze at a temperature way (-34 deg C) above its freezing point(-57 deg C)? In the case of the 777 crash they had the opposite to my example. Very cold fuel and an increase in pressure as the plane descended. A mixture of very cold fuel and water freezes as the pressure increases and causes the fuel lines to block, the fuel pumps show signs of cavitation indicating some form of fuel starvation. As everyone leaves the plane, the mixture melts and the blockage disappears. The man is left hanging in the room so to speak.

    It would be interesting to see if anyone looked for water in the fuel lines rather than the allowable amount in the fuel tanks?

  5. Giom June 15, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Like said before, this is a kicker! It’s a funny thing, us plane fanatics, but seeing these pics brightens up the day!

    Thanks Jon!

  6. Dwight Looi June 16, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Looks like it still has a conventional mechanically steered doppler radar. I’ll would have hoped that the Dreamliner will receive an AESA unit with no moving parts.

  7. contrails June 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    The radar is the Rockwell Collins WXR-2100 multi-scan radar. A pretty nice unit with a lot of smarts. Still some growing pains, but getting better with every software upgrade.