Boeing Dreamlifter

March 5, 2007

My office has an amazing view out across Elliott Bay. Not only is it a great view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains but I also get to watch the myriad of planes on their approach into Boeing Field.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been able to watch as the new Boeing Large Cargo Freighter, the Dreamlifter, make its test flights as it awaits certification.

This monstrous airplane is a modified 747 that Boeing is going to use to ferry the pieces of their new passenger plane, the 787 Dreamliner, from the various factories around the world to Everett, WA, where the final assembly will take place.

The 787 is truly an international airplane. For example, the ailerons and flaps will be made in Australia, the wings in Japan, the landing gear from France and the horizontal stabilizers from Italy and that’s just the beginning. Boeing hopes the first flight for this plane happens later this year.

Here are a couple of shots of the Dreamlifter that I took out of my office window.


DreamLifter Closeup



  1. It is a flying pickle. That’s what it looks like to me everyday when it goes by. A giant flying pickle.

  2. You’re just obsessed with pickles, cause of the Westlake Sandwhich shop.

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