Boeing’s latest Dreamliner the 787-9 is not your typical passenger jet. It can take off almost vertically; do side-by-side rolls and banks hard enough to make it feel as if the wings will break off. These are all maneuvers you’d expect from a fighter jet, but test pilots Randy Neville, Van Chaney, and John Misuradze believe otherwise. This Boeing 787-9 test flight in Washington allowed the captains to have some fun and practice for their upcoming technical demonstration at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. It also comes ahead of Boeing’s 100th anniversary, an event that coincidentally will fall during the weeklong show.
Filmed from a chase plane, the video shows a view of that climb-out from above that is truly mind-blowing. The engines on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner are powerful enough to lift a fully loaded plane weighing almost 280 tons. So with the plane empty, the jet can move in ways you’ll never see an airliner fly in service. The pilots then proceeded to wheel around joyfully and, coming in low, waggled their wings at the empty spaces below them, a standard flier salute.
At 206 feet long, the ‘Dash 9’ is the latest and biggest Dreamliner yet (at least until the 787-10 arrives) and among the most advanced passenger jets in the sky. Boeing used carbon fiber composites to produce a lighter, stronger airplane, with features like extra big windows, highly computerized flight controls, and heads-up displays for the pilots. Aircraft is designed for 290 passengers. The length of the aircraft is 63 meters, the wingspan — 60.17 and the maximum takeoff weight is 254 tons. The aircraft is capable of flying at a speed of 956 kilometers per hour. It took off for the first time in September 2013.