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Topic # 54244 16-Dec-2009 06:59
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787 first flight webcam is running at http://787firstflight.newairplane.com/ffindex.html. It is due to depart at 07:00 am NZDT but is still on the gate at the moment.




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  Reply # 283014 16-Dec-2009 08:22
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Saw it live on Fox News . Took off at 7.30am NZDT . Lands again 5 hours after take off. No doubt there will be lots of flite data to look at when it lands..




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  Reply # 283028 16-Dec-2009 09:13
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Just watched the lift-off on a Seattle TV News Channel (via the Internet) - quite neat.

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  Reply # 283056 16-Dec-2009 10:38
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http://www.kirotv.com/video/21972903/index.html

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  Reply # 283059 16-Dec-2009 10:44
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Just about made me cry



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  Reply # 283088 16-Dec-2009 12:40
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Good cry or bad cry Johnr? It is a MUCH better looking plane than the last first flight I saw.....




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  Reply # 283326 17-Dec-2009 08:53
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hairy1: Good cry or bad cry Johnr? It is a MUCH better looking plane than the last first flight I saw.....


You're not talking about the manatee of the sky are you? (A380)
The Dreamliner took off with ease! I almost expected its wings to flap! (Not talking about the actual flaps here)



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  Reply # 283335 17-Dec-2009 09:12
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Ah yes. The A380. She isn't the prettiest duck in the sky. Best not to bag Airbus however, as no doubt I will end up flying one one day (the smaller version).

My wife said the same thing about the wings. She said it looked like a bird and expected the wings to flap to!




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  Reply # 283351 17-Dec-2009 09:51
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The 787 definately looks very nice. My comment yesterday was that it's like comparing a Ferrari with a Ford Transit!


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  Reply # 283355 17-Dec-2009 10:01
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It definatly looks like they've taken a cue from nature with the wings. They seem quite wide as the base of the fuselage and become quite narrow towards the tips. At a guess, it probably provides better lift efficiency of the wing, rather than drag from excess vorticies running off at the tip of the wing.

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