Boeing's Dreamliner Takes Off Next Week
Company prepares long-delayed 787 for maiden flight
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2009 10:58 PM CST
Boeing employees work on an aft fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner inside the a North Charleston, S.C., facility earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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(Newser) – Boeing's Dreamliner will make its maiden flight next week after two years of delays. The high-tech aircraft could be airborne on a test flight of about five hours Tuesday if Seattle's weather permits, reports the Post-Intelligencer. Boeing has much staked on the plane, made of 50% composite material. It's locked in a fierce fight with Airbus to deliver the fuel-saving jet of the future, notes the Wall Street Journal. It has nearly 900 planes on order but can't deliver any until the model passes muster with the FAA.