Civil Aviation

INTERESTING PHOTO SHOWS BOEING 787 DREAMLINER CONDUCTING FLIGHT TESTS AT EDWARDS AFB

Periodically, aviation industry companies are provided the opportunity to conduct flight tests at Edwards given the base’s unique test assets such as multiple runways, a controlled airspace, large dry lakebeds and flying weather

Taken on Aug. 14, 2017 the interesting picture in this post features a Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking off after a touch-and-go landing at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB).

As explained in a U.S. Air Fore news release, Boeing has been conducting flight tests with its newest airliner at Edwards recently. Periodically, aviation industry companies are provided the opportunity to conduct flight tests at Edwards given the base’s unique test assets such as multiple runways, a controlled airspace, large dry lakebeds and flying weather.

The Boeing 787 is a mid-size, twin engine jet. The aircraft is 20% more fuel efficient than similar sized commercial jets it is designed to replace, and to date, is Boeing’s most fuel efficient aircraft. Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure, including the fuselage and wing.

The aircraft also features raked wingtip to further improve the fuel efficiency.

Thanks to its unparalleled fuel efficiency and range flexibility the 787 enables carriers to profitably open new routes as well as optimize fleet and network performance.

The engine nacelles are made of serrated edges that reduce the noise levels both outside and inside the cabin, by up to 60%.

Currently the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the only suitable replacement for more than 1,200 similar sized Airbus A300, A310, A330-200 and Boeing 767 aircraft.

Photo credit: Paul Weatherman / Boeing

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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