Dream Prize

Most of you know I’m a music lover. That’s why I was thrilled to learn the 787 Dreamliner has taken home the equivalent of a Grammy.

The airplane was honored today with the Robert J. Collier Trophy for 2011. This is the pinnacle— one of the most prestigious honors in our industry given by the National Aeronautic Association. It’s awarded to the greatest aeronautic achievement in America in the previous year with respect to improving the performance, efficiency and safety of an air or space vehicle.


The winner of the Collier Trophy. Here was just one of the proud moments from 2011 as the 787 receives certification.

The Collier Trophy was first awarded more than 100 years ago and has been bestowed on the pioneering greats like Glenn Curtiss for the development of the flying boat, Orville Wright for the automatic stabilizer and Chuck Yeager for piloting the Bell X-1.


We’re ready to make room for one more! Here’s the Collier Trophy display case at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 787 also extends the Boeing family legacy of winning the Collier. The B-52 Stratofortress won in 1955, the 747 won the trophy in 1970, followed by the 757 and 767 in 1982. The V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor took the prize in 1990, followed by the C-17 in 1994, the 777 in 1995. Boeing has been called out for other Collier winners, including the F/A-18E/F in 1999, and the International Space Station in 2009.

All of those programs have one thing in common: a dedicated team that endured many challenges to bring their creation to the market. The 787 Dreamliner was no different. I invite you to check out the video below that shows the 787’s journey to winning this prize.

Comments (4)

David S (New Orleans LA):

It wouldn't suprise anyone if they saw impressions of the landing gear wheels in front of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Fantastic award to cap certification for the initial variant 787 -- an eventually successful campaign to build a safe, efficient and revolutionary airliner.

Well done on the 787,
on the 1,000th 777 and the relationships that made that particular model possible,
and applause for the 4,000th 737 Next Generation.

The rumor mill(s) are just packed with a hugely impressive future 777X -- the 777 has gone so far. It's interesting taking a look at some of the technologies needed to make these machines possible, work better, for example tail strike prevention

Varun (Chicago IL USA):

Congrats once again to the 787 team. It seems that every day now the 787 is reaching new heights, with the completion of the testing with the GE engines, and now this award. Congrats again to the 787 team, and I wish them good luck.

Norman (Long Beach,CA):

Nice collection of Collier trophies.You are going to have to invest in another trophy display case when the 737MAX, 787 expansion and 777 advancements and now rumored 757 replacement makes their way fourth in commercial service.

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