Thu, Apr 26, 2007
Horizontal Stab 'Dreamliftered' From Italy
Representatives with Boeing tell ANN that final assembly for the
all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is one step closer, with the April 24
arrival in Everett, WA of the first aircraft's horizontal
Manufactured by Alenia Aeronautica at its facility in Foggia,
Italy, the horizontal stabilizer is transported in five pieces --
the left and right stabilizer, two elevators and a center.
The shipment configuration measures nine feet wide, 13 feet high
and is 42 feet long. It was delivered to Boeing late Tuesday night
via the Dreamlifter, a specially modified 747-400 used to transport
787 major assemblies.
The horizontal stabilizer was loaded into position in the 787
final assembly bay Wednesday morning. The completed assembly has a
wing span of approximately 62 feet, and measures 32 feet
"In the coming weeks we will receive other major assemblies for
the first Dreamliner," said Scott Strode, 787 vice president of
Airplane Definition and Production. "This is a very exciting time
for the program."
Boeing currently has firm orders for 544 airplanes from 44
airlines. Rollout of the first 787 is planned for July 8 of this
year, with first flight following about two months later.
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