Building the new Boeing Airliner 787 “Dreamliner” – – – In Time Lapse
British Airways has welcomed the arrival of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. This time-lapse video takes you behind the scenes at Boeing’s factory where the aircraft, and its millions of parts, is painstakingly and, using both astounding automation, as well as manual labor, amazingly constructed. The 787-9 is 20ft longer than its 787-8 predecessor, making room for a new painstakingly designed eight seat First Class cabin.
Click on the photo at the top of page – – – and enjoy the ballet! As always, remember to keep your speakers turned on so you can appreciate the scoring. This video is only 4 minutes long.
Because of the modern “composite” structure, this graceful looking new airliner is basically made offsite – – – and later joined together in Boeing’s Everett, WA facility. If you have not seen how they paint it, you will enjoy this video. The much earlier Boeing 747 and 777 models are painted the same way, using rolls of tape and brown paper, so not all the manufacturing technology is new. For more details on this advanced airliner, just click here. To understand from where all the components hail, just look at the below Reuters’ 787 drawing.
This advanced 787 is so mind-bendingly complex that it makes assembling older and also complex airliners almost look easy. All together, the Dreamliner has approximately 2.3 million parts – and these millions of parts come from virtually everywhere. By comparison, a Boeing 737 has but 400,000 parts. This post is thanks to the keen eye of FASF Website Staffer, Jerry Dixon, USMC Aviator, Retired