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May 2014: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner

I was recently lucky to fly to Heathrow onboard one of British Airways' new Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Here are a few pictures from the day showing this incredible machine:

The graceful shape of the nose is the first hint of how aerodynamically sleek this aircraft is, with the windscreens beautifully blended into the fuselage to reduce drag:

Boeing 787 Nose

The wings, and in particular the wingtips, also show graceful curves:

Boeing 787 Wingtip

A view of the rear of the aircraft:

Boeing 787 Tail

Each aircraft is powered by two Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines:

787 with Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine

The compressor fan blades are a work of art, with sculptured curves to maximum thrust:

Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine intake

The distinctive 'scalloping' at the rear of the cowling is to reduce noise emissions from the engines, resulting in a quieter flight. It works!

787 with Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine

The passenger windows are larger than on previous aircraft, permitting a better view outside. Note the curvature of the wing!

Boeing 787 wing and engine

And instead of traditional blinds, the windows can be dimmed electronically to reduce the amount of light entering the cabin:

Boeing 787 electronic window shade

An excellent experience, with a very quiet cabin due to the modern engines. Enhanced air-conditioning results in a more comfortable flight and the new in-flight entertainment system is a huge improvement on earlier versions.

I would like to thank British Airways for their cooperation with the photography in this blog.

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