March 20, 2005 The process of designing and building aeroplanes is a complex task as Boeing’s development of the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner amply demonstrates. The 787 Dreamliner uses composite fuselage sections built as full barrels to reduce the number of parts and improve aerodynamic performance and fuel efficiency. So they had to design and build a new plane to carry the parts from their points of manufacturer all over the world. The pregnant-looking Large Cargo Freighter is a modified 747-400 that will serve as the primary means of transporting major assemblies to the 787 Dreamliner final assembly site in Everett, Washington.
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