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Gallery: Boeing 787 Dreamliner's first flight

Despite the gray skies in Everett, Wash., the Boeing 787 Dreamliner left the ground at 10:27 a.m. PT on its first flight. Smartplanet's John Dodge was there and provided photos of the event.
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Despite the gray skies in Everett, Wash, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner left the ground at 10:27 a.m. PT on its maiden flight. Smartplanet's John Dodge was there and provided photos of the event.

The Dreamliner 787 heads out - accompanied by the T-33 chase plane.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: Dennis Aubrey, United Technologies (click on any photo to enlarge)

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A good-sized crowd is bundled up to watch the Dreamliner being to taxi.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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The Boeing Dreamliner heads down the runway.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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On the runway and ready for takeoff.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Gaining speed.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Almost ready for takeoff.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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The Dreamliner flies with its T-33 partner.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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A new era in air travel begins.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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The returning Dreamliner is sighted from Boeing Field in Seattle. The abbreviated test lasted two hours and fifty-five minutes, far shorter than the five and a half hour test flight Boeing had planned. 787 chief test pilot Mike Carriker and co-pilot Randy Neville, said the Dreamliner performed as expected, but turbulence and winds forced a change in the route and abandonment of half the scheduled tests.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Approaching the filed for a landing.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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A smooth landing despite the turbulance and wind that the pilots encountered during the abbreviated flight.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Taxiing after landing in the steady rain.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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787 chief test pilot Mike Carriker can seen through flight deck windshield after landing.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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787 chief test pilot Mike Carriker could be from central casting.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Test co-pilot randy neviile appears pensive after landing.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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787 in a moment of relative quiet after its big day.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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787 parked after first flight.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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787 port engine is a Rolls Trent 1000.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Boeing execs rush up gangway to greet test pilots after landing.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Back four from left to right 787 GM Scott Fancher Commercial Airplanes SVP Pat Shanahan Commercial Airplanes president Jim Albaugh and 787 chief test pilot Mike Carriker.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Unmistakably a 787.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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Here's what the 787 looks like dead-on.

On SmartPlanet, see John Dodge's full account of the Dreamliner Gallery tour. Plus, see his gallery of the interior of the Dreamliner.

Credit: John Dodge

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