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Originally published April 16, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified April 22, 2007 at 9:44 AM

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Dreamliner sticks its nose out in public

Spirit AeroSystems rolled out the distinctive front section of the first 787 Dreamliner before a crowd of more than 1,000 workers today in Kansas.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

WICHITA, KAN. -- Spirit AeroSystems rolled out the distinctive front section of the first 787 Dreamliner before a crowd of more than 1,000 workers today. Not quite finished, but ready for display, the nose-and-cockpit section debuted in a swirl of loud music, dry-ice smoke and pulsing lights.

In a speech at the rollout ceremony, Kurt Kraft, head of Boeing's fuselage team from Everett, lauded the look of the massive piece — 40 feet long and 20 feet in diameter, a single piece of advanced composite plastic. The sleek curve of the Dreamliner's forehead gives it the graceful look of a porpoise.

"Perhaps no other piece of the 787 bears so clear a signature," Kraft told the assembled Spirit employees. "Your section gives the 787 its unique profile and its distinctive look."

Boeing executive Bob Noble said the nose-and-cockpit section will travel to Everett on the Dreamlifter superfreighter by month-end for assembly of the first airplane, which is due for rollout on July 8.

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