Fantastic four

The 4th Boeing Dreamlifter took off from Paine Field in Everett this morning.

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This is the 4th and final Dreamlifter of the fleet of specially modified 747-400s - designed to fly the large composite parts of the 787 from our partners around the world to final assembly in Everett.

Comments (8)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

The 747 Dream Lifter looks reminiscent the giant guppy aircraft of the Apollo moon program transporting sections and stages of the Saturn V rocket.

Jim Hasstedt (Everett, WA, USA):

I was fortunate enough to be personally involved in the assembly tooling and build of the first 3 of these babies in Taiwan, and feel like a proud papa every time I see them here in Everett. What a wonderful creation from a great team of people, and what some may percieve as an ugly duckling, I see only a beautiful swan. The size, strength and dependability of the original 747 airframe made this "modification" possible, so each one really has a unique family history.

Lauren Countryman (Everett):

Not final - just the fourth dreamlifter. We'll need more of these for supporting other programs in the future.

John (Seattle, WA):

It should also be mentioned that the Dreamlifter will eventually be delivering large composite parts from our partners around the world to final assembly in Charleston, South Carolina.

James Baloun (Palo Alto, Califonria, USA):

Randy,

In all the focus on the 787 development the amazing Dreamlifter accomplishment has gotten less attention.

That in itself is amazing since it appears that the Dreamlifter is a 747 mod of historic proportions. There is mention that the cargo volume is three times that of a 747! I do not recall it being reported, but has the Dreamlifter set any records in aerospace? For example, enclosed volume or internal size of a pressurized cargo aircraft? Cargo length, diameter or door opening?

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Hi James,

A couple of superlatives I can share with you: The Dreamlifter is definitely the largest cargo airplane in the world by volume, at 65,000 cubic feet. In addition, the cargo loader we use is the largest cargo loader of its type in the world.

-- Randy Tinseth

P.Sumantri (France):

I'm impressed by the time period between the 787 launch and the 747LCF certification. The Dreamliner was launched in April 2004 and the Dreamlifter is certified in June 2007.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

Looking at the windows in the nose section, I wonder if there are seats to accommodate some personnel who need to either accompany the cargo or visit other facilities.

Kinbin (Taipei Taiwan):

I am pleased that the Dreamlifter project has reached this completion juncture, albeit hopefully not the last.

It has been a very fulfilling journey personally for me as well, as echoed by J. Hasstedt.

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