September 16, 2006 Believe it or not, this is the inside of an aircraft – not just any aircaraft mind you, but the 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF), the first of three specially modified 747-400 passenger jets that will be used to transport the large composite sections and wings of the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new aircraft touched down at Seattle's Boeing Field at 8:08 a.m. PDT on September 16, ending a non-stop, 13-hour, 17-minute flight from Taiwan. Previous reports and images here. The LCF is a key element of the lean, global production system that is critical to the 787's success. Flying the large components reduces shipping time to as little as one day from as many as 30.
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