The Paris Air Show begins today and an astonishing advance video clip shows Vietnam Airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taking off nearly vertically, like a rocket.
The clip, shot during a rehearsal by Boeing for the show, shows the agile and manoeuvrable plane rising at such a steep angle, it appears to be vertical. The clip is so popular it notched up 6 million views in three days.
You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYbM-3E11Qo
Although the plane bears Vietnam Airlines colours, the clip was posted by Boeing. The clip shows both of their logos side-by-side.
The takeoff angle is unusually steep, but not quite as perpendicular as it seems.
“Some of what you’re seeing on takeoff is a trick of perspective,” B767 pilot Patrick Smith told CNN.
“It looks like the takeoff is at a near vertical 90-degree angle – trust me it’s not.”
Boeing says the clip was filmed above Moses Lake, Washington, but doesn’t say when.
The Paris Air Show will run throughout this week for the trade and will open to the public from this Friday.
The Boeing 787-9 is the second and newest member of the 787 family. With its fuselage stretched six metres longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo farther, yet with the same environmental efficiency – 20% less fuel use and emissions.
According to Boeing, 30 customers from around the world have ordered 509 787-9s. As of last month, that equated to 46% of all orders so far placed for B787 Dreamliners.
Written by Peter Needham