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The 787 Dreamliner’s Innovation, Promise, and Troubles

The plane's history includes many delays, but it broke new ground in software, materials, and electrical systems

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The 787 Dreamliner’s Innovation, Promise, and Troubles

Following several problems including a battery fire and a fuel leak, aviation agencies in Europe, the United States, and India have grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. (Airlines in Japan have voluntarily grounded the planes.) The innovative aircraft was the first to use a significant amount of carbon fiber composites in the wings and fueselage, reducing its weight and boosting its fuel efficiency.

Photo: By Spaceaero2 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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