PICTURE: 787 cruises with landing-gear stowed

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Boeing has released an image of its 787 twin-jet in cleaner flight configuration, cruising with its landing-gear raised.

The landing-gear remained deployed for much of the maiden flight, as a precautionary measure while the aircraft's primary systems and control characteristics were assessed.

But the initial test programme included at least one gear-retraction cycle, and Boeing's image shows the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered aircraft operating at altitude with the wheels stowed.

787 gear-up cruise
 © Boeing

Boeing conducted the first flight with the 787 over Washington state on 15 December.