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12/15/2009--Everett, WA, USA..Crowds cheered and waved blue pom-poms as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off a little after 10 am Pacific Coast time on its maiden flight from Paine Field, WASH...The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a mid-sized, wide body, twin engined jet airliner currently under development by Boeing .It will carry between 210 and 330 passengers depending on the seating configuration. Boeing has stated that it will be more fuel-efficient than comparable earlier Boeing airliners. It will also be the first major airliner to use composite material for most of its construction. Boeing claims that the 787 will be up to 20% more fuel-efficient than current comparable aircraft. ..50% of the aircraft's weight are from the composite materials shown here. Composite materials are significantly lighter and stronger than traditional aircraft materials, making the 787 a very light aircraft for its capabilities. By volume, the 787 will be 80% composite. This will allow the potential to take off from, and land on, relatively short airstrips as the 767 can, yet still have the capability to fly long-haul distances....©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved