Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2011 photos: part 3 - the 787

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have lots of photos from my visit to Oshkosh for EAA Airventure 2011.  This post contains photos of the 787 Dreamliner which was on site just for the day.  My last post had photos of  military aircraft mostly from the afternoon Airventure airshow. My first post contained photos of modern commercial aircraft and acrobatic planes from my visit to EAA in Oshkosh.  


Regrettably, I did not arrive in Oshkosh early enough to get a tour inside the 787.  Talking to people in line, they had already waited 3 hours, and there was a ways to go to get inside.  Tours ended at 4:30pm, so with a 4+ hour wait, they cut the line off in the early afternoon.  I'm dissapointed, of course, but I'm guess I'm glad I got to see a lot more at the show than just a long queue waiting to get inside the 787, 

Despite that dissapointment, I got quite a few photos of the exterior and later its taxi and departure.  There is a mock-up of a 787 cabin in the E terminal at Houston Intercontinental, although it was not open the last time I was there, I'll try to document this next time I'm connecting there, and hopefully fill in this gap.

On to the photos:






First impressions, lots of cool features with the wing tips and and a nice looking plane, but as expected, its really not that large.  Its about 6 feet longer than the 767-300, with a slightly wider fuselage.




huge Rolls Royce Trent engines




The Boeing sales pitch:


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Presumably not that too many airline customers would be present at Airventure for these marketing materials, but there were interesting to see nonetheless.


I like the paint scheme:


Thanks to Marvin who commented below with the information from the Airventure website describing the black cone hanging from the tail as a static air pressure drogue, used for measuring air pressure that is undisturbed by the jet engines. 

I have one more post upcoming with photos of the departure of this bird, which was rather impressive in several ways.


Marvin August 4, 2011 at 11:37 pm

The black device hanging from the cable attached to the tail is a static air-pressure drogue. A difficult flight-testing task is calibrating the airspeed indication system. The problem: finding truly “static,” free and undisturbed air pressure.

The solution: trail a static port far behind the airplane to measure undisturbed air. The cone’s drag keeps the static port behind the airplane.


Brad August 5, 2011 at 08:04 am

Thanks Marvin. I have updated my post.