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SNAPSHOTS 2011 - Boeing 787 Dreamliner


                  Boeing's 787 Dreamliner at
EAA AirVenture 2011
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing at the 2011 EAA AirAdventure in Oshkosh, WI
One of the featured planes for EAA's 2011 AirAdventure was Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner.  Thanks to my photo Partner,Bob Punch's, good work we were in the right place at the right time when the Dreamliner landed at AirAdventure about 9 AM Friday morning.  We were on the South end on the East side of of the runway, the perfect spot to watch it land.  This spot had everything we needed except for a cooler of iced down Bud Light.  That was a 100 feet away in his car.  He's also a professional tailgater as well as professional aviation photographer.  A double dipper you might say.
The Dreamliner is one big bird.  From the West side of the runway it is so big you couldn't fit it all in the frame at 70mm when it was on the runway in front of you.  It was a popular attraction at Conoco-Phillips Square, the newly renamed Aeroshell Square.  It filled up most of the Square and was impossible to miss.  You couldn't park the B-29 and the Dreamliner in the Square at the same time.  Lines to tour the inside were huge and the waiting time was over two hours.  Rather than stand in line for two hours, here's a video and photo link tour of the inside of this fabulous bird.
 Compare the Specs of the Dreamliner to the 1903 Wright Flyer.  We've come a long way since December 17, 1903.
                                                 Dreamliner Specs:                                                   Wright Flyer:
Wingspan:                               160 feet                                                                         40 feet 4 inches
Length:                                      206 feet                                                                        21 feet 1 inch
Engines:                                   GE - Rolls Royce                                                          Wright Internal Combustion
Fan Diam:                                 111 inches                                                                    Pusher prop 6 to 8 feet diameter est.
Range:                                       8,500 nautical miles                                                    120 feet and 12 seconds on the first flight
Max thrust:                               72,300 lbs. Take Off,  66,500 continuous                  12 HP
Speed:                                       Mach .85                                                                       Unknown but slower than an SR-71 Blackbird or
                                                                                                                                            maybe just a Blackbird
Max Take Off Weight:            545,000 lbs.                                                                  605 lbs
Seating:                                   Up to 290 passengers                                                   one