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Boeing's New 787 Makes 1st Test Flight


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet takes off for its long-waited first flight, 15 Dec 2009, at Paine Field In Everett, Washington

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet takes off for its long-waited first flight, 15 Dec 2009, at Paine Field In Everett, Washington

The new Boeing 787 takes off for its 1st test flight. The plane is supposed to be more fuel-efficient, quieter and put out less pollution than earlier aircraft.

The new Boeing 787 took off for its first test flight Tuesday.

The long passenger plane with slender wings was painted blue and white. Its engines made a low-pitched whine as it took off and rose quickly into cloudy skies.

The plane is supposed to be more fuel-efficient, quieter and put out less pollution than earlier aircraft.

The world's second-largest commercial aircraft company used a revolutionary design using less metal and more composite materials to make the 787 lighter than other planes.

Some supply and labor problems have put the 787 more than two years behind schedule, prompting customers to cancel dozens of orders for the plane. But Boeing still has 840 orders on its books.



Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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