Ugly though it may be to the outside world, the specially modified 747-400 Dreamlifter is viewed as a thing of beauty within Boeing and those associated with the 787, production of which would be impossible without this aeronautical behemoth. Though strikes and unexpected flight test hitches delayed certification by around six months until June 2006, the first pair of Dreamlifters began transporting 787 subassemblies to the Everett, Wash., production line in time to meet the internally ...

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