The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the latest in Boeing’s family of jet airliners that began with the 707 in the late 1950s. The Dreamliner incorporates many technological innovations that serve to enhance the aircraft’s performance in terms of both flight and economics. The aircraft is the first large commercial aircraft to feature an airframe made almost entirely of composite materials instead of aluminum. Nearly 80% of the aircraft is made of carbon fiber composites. This, along with new advanced engines and aerodynamic innovations in the shape of the aircraft’s wings, make the 787 one of the most fuel efficient and cost-effective jet airliners ever built. Flight testing on the 787 began in 2009 with the first aircraft entering service with All Nippon Airways in 2011. Boeing has received orders for over 1,000 aircraft in three major variants.
Built by Boeing Aircraft Company at Renton, Washington and delivered on December 22, 2009, this is the second prototype of the 787-8 Dreamliner to be produced. It participated along with the other prototypes in the aircraft testing and certification that lasted from late 2009 until 2011. After the testing program was completed, the aircraft was placed in storage at Palmdale, California. It was donated to the Pima Air & Space Museum in 2015.
All Nippon Airways / Boeing Flight Test, 2009
Pima Air & Space Museum