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Monday, September 26, 2011 - Page updated at 09:52 a.m.

787 is a costly learning experience for Boeing

To reach first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has spent tens of billions of dollars — and it will be years, if ever, before the program turns a profit. Above, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner lifts off at Paine Field for its first flight on Dec. 15, 2009.

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To reach first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has spent tens of billions of dollars — and it will be years, if ever, before the program turns a profit. Above, Boeing's 787 Dreamliner lifts off at Paine Field for its first flight on Dec. 15, 2009.


Building the Dreamliner: 787 starts with spools of thread

A series examining the innovative design and manufacturing of the 787.

Boeing Live Events Blog

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates is covering the first delivery events in Everett.

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Structural flaws where the wings join the fuselage caused Boeing to cancel the 787's planned first flight in June 2009.

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Structural flaws where the wings join the fuselage caused Boeing to cancel the 787's planned first flight in June 2009.

The drama of flight tests (PDF)

Early 787 crash test simulations raised concerns (PDF)

Resin and carbon fiber come together to make composite materials (PDF)

The 787 in a lightning storm (PDF)

Trouble with the double wing box (PDF)

Build globally, assemble locally

Evolution of Boeing's commercial airplanes

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