Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Big Picture: Boeing 787-9 performs extreme maneuvers at Farnborough

Boeing's original Dreamliner
may be old news by now, but a longer variant -- the 787-9 -- is about
to enter passenger service with Air New Zealand. That extended aircraft
is also on display for would-be airline customers this week at the
Farnborough Airshow,
just south of London. With a very light load on board, Boeing's able to
show off its latest plane with some extreme maneuvers, including steep
takeoffs and high-bank turns just feet off the ground. The moves may
make you uneasy, but they're designed to demonstrate the aircraft's
flexibility -- you won't experience any of these intense angles on a

flight, but you can get a feel for what the new 787 can do in the video after the break.

[Photo credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images]
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