Third LCF gets green light from FAA

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The third of four heavily modified Boeing 747-400s was certified June 6, 2008 by the Federal Aviation Administration for use on the 787 Program. The Large Cargo Freighter, or Dreamlifter, transports major 787 structural components from global supplier partners to Charleston, S.C. and Everett, WA for integration and final assembly respectively.

The aircraft, according to program sources, which is registered as N249BA, will join two other Dreamlifters in July for the worldwide logistical operation in support of the 787 program. The fourth Dreamlifter began modification in February and is expected to join the fleet in 2009.