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Boeing 787 takes flight

A look at the making of Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner' passenger jet.

News media tour the assembly line of the Boeing 787 in Everett, Wash. on Sunday, Sept. 25,. All Nippon Airways is the first customer to take delivery of the 787. John Froschauer / AP
A worker looks over the inside of a fuselage of a Boeing 787 at the assembly plant in Everett, Wash. on Sunday, Sept. 25. John Froschauer / AP
Boeing employees assemble Boeing 787 Dreamliners September 25, in Everett, Washington. Boeing delivered its long-awaited and delayed first 787 airliner to All Nippon Airways which it will celebrate before ANA flies the airliner to Japan September 27. Stephen Brashear / Getty Images
Kang Kang of China Central TV sits in the reclining seat as the news media tour the second Boeing Co. 787 to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA) at the assembly plant in Everett, Wash. on Sunday, Sept. 25 John Froschauer / AP
News media tour the inside of the second Boeing Co. 787 to be delivered to All Nippon Airways (ANA) at the assembly plant in Everett, Wash. on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. ANA is the first customer to take delivery of the 787. John Froschauer / AP
An All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Tokyo's Haneda airport as fire engines spray it with water during a test flight on July 3, 2011. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP - Getty Images
Boeing chief pilot Chuck Killberg, right, gives a tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to American Airlines' pilots Scott Alderink, second from right, Jim Dees, center left, and John Conrad at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport in July. American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in the biggest single passenger jet order in history. The order will include the Boeing 787. Lm Otero / AP
Kent Craver, Boeing Co.'s regional director for passenger satisfaction and revenue, shows off the headroom in the passenger cabin of the first Boeing 787 with the interior installed at the production plant in Everett, Wash., in 2010. Elaine Thompson / AP
The super freighter Dreamlifter aircraft, carrying the mid-body fuselage for the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, sits in the unloading area in Everett, Wash., in 2007. The tail of the modified 747-400 swings open for huge payloads that are unloaded using the largest cargo loader in the world. Kevin P. Casey / AP
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet takes off at its long-waited first flight on Dec.15, 2009 at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Stephen Brashear / Getty Images
Boeing 787 Chief Pilot Captain Mike Carriker exults after landing Boeing's long delayed new 787 at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash., on December 15, 2009. Paul Joseph Brown / AFP - Getty Images
The front landing gear on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner lifts off the runway during taxi tests on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The largely composite airplane is scheduled for its maiden flight next week. Joshua Trujillo / Seattlepi.com via AP
Boeing employees work on an aft fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner inside a North Charleston, S.C., facility in October 2009. Boeing plans to open a second assembly plant for its 787 in North Charleston, expanding beyond its longtime manufacturing base in Washington state. Mic Smith / AP
Boeing employees work inside the North Charleston, S.C., facility in October 2009. Mic Smith / AP
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the assembly line at the company's Everett, Wash., plant on May 19, 2008. Robert Sorbo / Reuters
Boeing employees work on the interior assembly of a 787 Dreamliner at the company's plant in Everett, Wash., in May 2008. Robert Sorbo / Reuters
Boeing Chief Executive Jim McNerney addresses the crowd during the unveiling of the company's new 787 Dreamliner at an assembly plant in Everett, Wash., on July 8, 2007. Robert Sorbo / Reuters
Visitors crowd around the first production model of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane after it was unveiled in Everett, Wash., in July, 2007. The plane promises to burn less fuel, be cheaper to maintain and offer more passenger comforts than comparable planes flying today. Ted S. Warren / AP
Visitors reach out to touch the fuselage of the first production model of the new Boeing 787 airplane after its introduction in 2007. The plane has since suffered many delays. Ted S. Warren / AP
Visitors check out the engine of the first production model of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane after it was unveiled to the public in 2007. Ted S. Warren / AP
Visitors snap photos of the new Boeing 787 jetliner at its unveiling in Everett, Wash., in July 2007. Ted S. Warren / AP
Boeing employees, airline executives and dignitaries get a first look at the new 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, July 8, 2007. Ted S. Warren / AP
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring carbon composite materials, sits outside the Boeing assembly plant in Everett, Wash., after its official introduction in the summer of 2007. Robert Sorbo / Reuters
International journalists and other visitors view a mock-up of the interior of the new Boeing 787 airplane on Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Boeing's Customer Experience Center in Renton, Wash. The airplane maker has promised that the interior of the new airplane will be much more comfortable than previous airplane models. Ted S. Warren / AP