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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Performed Fighter Jet Stunts At The Farnborough Airshow [VIDEO]
The Farnborough International Airshow is a huge event in aviation. The latest models of aircraft are on display, both on the ground and in the air, and the flight shows are always one of the highlights.
It's open to the public July 19-20 but there are already planes at the show creating a buzz, especially a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was performing stunts like a fight jet Tuesday.
Who knew an aircraft that size could maneuver like that?
In preparation for the show, Boeing's pilots put together a show to showcase the passenger plane's capabilities. It included a very steep takeoff, banks from side to side and some touch-and-go landing.
Hopefully, you will never be on a plane the has to revert to evasive maneuvers, but it's comforting to know the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is capable of them.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is expected to enter service with Air New Zealand later this year, according to Business Insider.
It will be interesting to see if buyers have the same level of interest in the 280-seat, $250 million plane spectators and the Internet have.
Boeing competitor Airbus recently announced it was rolling out a new model of the A330, the world's best-selling passenger plane.
The new model called the A330neo is expected to be available in 2017 and is promising 14% efficiency gains over the existing A330 by making aerodynamics improvements and fitting new Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC Trent 7000 engines on the jet. The "neo" in the name stands for "new engine option."
It is expected to compete directly with Boeing's Dreamliner and employees at each company have publicly voiced some chippy opinions about the competition.
The 787-9 show was likely planned well before then, but Boeing certainly was going to dial it back as things seemingly heat up between the companies.