Boeing 787: ‘Green’ aircraft takes to the skies

More than two years later than originally planned, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner has taken to the skies for its maiden test flight.

The aircraft is constructed in large part of plastics, making it lighter, quieter and greener, the company said.

The plane – powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines – took off from a runway in Washington State.

Pilots Michael Carriker and Randall Neville kept the Dreamliner in the air for around three hours before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field.

They took the aircraft to an altitude of 15,000 feet and an air speed of 180 knots, or about 207 miles per hou

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