Sep. 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM ET
Pilots from Japan's All Nippon Airways took the controls of Boeing's first 787 jet Tuesday, taking off from the manufacturer's suburban Seattle assembly plant and heading west to put the plane into commercial service.
The jet was delivered more than three years behind schedule after the aerospace giant encountered a series of setbacks in its effort to outsource an unprecedented amount of the planes design and manufacturing to external vendors.
CNBC's Phil LeBeau has been following the project for years and took the network's camera's into Boeing's plant to watch the assembly of plane No. 41 over a 24-hour period recently.
Check out the video above for a time-lapse video showing the plane's assembly from nose to tail, and watch CNBC for a prime-time special "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane."
The show premieres tonight at 9 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday (all times Eastern).