In preparation for the 2015 Paris Air Show, Boeing posted this stunning video showing a near-vertical takeoff and fighter-jet-like turns of the 787-9 Dreamliner.




  1. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    End of video lists the test pilots as: Randy Neville, Van Chaney and Mike Bryan. The air-to-air footage is by Wolfe Air Aviation.

  2. Canyon2
    June 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the post Crane-Station.
    That airliner and it’s aerodynamics are incredible. So graceful in flight with almost fighter like capabilities. Hard to believe it is a huge airliner.

  3. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I can’t help but wonder how in the world they filmed it. Helicopters? Escort planes? Drones with cameras?

    I have no idea!

  4. Frederick Leatherman
    June 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    My guess is a helicopter hovering at 3,500 feet using a telephoto lens that makes it appear that the jet is rising toward it.

    Spectacular shot.

  5. cathyx
    June 14, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    So the one impressive thing about the airplane and the video was shown only one time, and at not very good angles.

  6. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Not even sure how they were able to film it at all, but anyway…I found myself watching it over and over!

  7. cathyx
    June 14, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Helicopters and small engine planes flying around, I’m sure.

  8. June 14, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    What! No barrel roll?

  9. Canyon2
    June 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Rachel, That is a real good question but they got a number of angles using whatever type vehicle to film it.

  10. jo6pac
    June 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm
    Thanks for the name and they tell here. I wouldn’t fly on this thing if I still flew to many lithium batteries on board.

  11. jo6pac
    June 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

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  12. Canyon2
    June 14, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks Frederick, that is a good explanation considering the power of cameras these days.

  13. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Pretty sure this plane is totally capable of doing barrel rolls and everything else!

  14. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I know, right!

  15. Rachel
    June 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for the link!

  16. Chris Maukonen
    June 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Actually it and nearly every other plane is now fly by wire and automation is what enables all of this. So it would not surprise me one bit.

  17. pelham
    June 14, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    On the one hand, anything driven by fossil fuels I find highly problematic. On the other, I never cease to be awed by what the state of our technology can achieve with large, graceful structures bounding and carving through the atmosphere, exceeding in grace what even birds with millions of years of evolution behind them can do.

  18. disqus_tu7SEHpgGp
    June 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    The key is to be able to do aerobatics, more than once.

  19. disqus_tu7SEHpgGp
    June 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Many pilots call it, “Sparky”.

  20. dubinsky
    June 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    not sure that a cabin full of passengers would appreciate that take-off, though it was damn sure impressive from the outside.

  21. Donald B.
    June 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    How much of the R&D for this thing was subsidized by the taxpayers?

  22. Screwtape
    June 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    It flew with only enough fuel for its short maneuver plus a possible divert to the next nearest suitable runway. No passengers, no baggage, no cargo. Everything was stripped out which wasn’t needed for that demo, e.g., even passenger seats were left behind.

    So. . .it was very, very light. I’d guess the plane was only around 40% of normally loaded takeoff weight. From that perspective the video is unremarkable.

    Such demos are often done at air shows, where manufacturers show off their wares and impress. The plane cannot fly that way under normal operational conditions. It’s purpose, after all, is to transport a whole lot of weight for thousands of miles.

  23. Marsonthehirose
    June 15, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Doesn’t matter, even if all of it was subsidized by the taxpayers, they won’t be getting a cut; we’re not socialists, for chrissakes.
    In contrast, if a bank goes belly up, the taxpayers will be held responsible, because everyone has do to their part.

  24. Marsonthehirose
    June 15, 2015 at 3:49 am

    There was once a professor of medicine who, perhaps believing himself to be a penguin (recovering from but depressed by surgery for stomach cancer), jumped from the 9th floor, proving that he could fly.

  25. Rachel
    June 15, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Not sure that liftoff would be possible with a full plane!

  26. Rachel
    June 15, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Good point though, I can envision the screaming!

  27. Rachel
    June 15, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Thank you for that explanation.

  28. Jsharp
    June 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Impressive camera angle but any pilot with a little ability can do this .Build up speed(energy) on the take-off roll and then convert it to altitude. Bob Hoover was a master at this-he called it “energy management”.

  29. June 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    You take the aircraft, strip it down, load it up with about an hour’s worth of fuel, and you have a lot of exdess thrust.

    Also, the “near vertical” takeoff is a product of camera angle and forced perspective.

  30. Rachel
    June 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you, Matthew.

  31. Rachel
    June 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks, yeah, it almost looked as if it could have been on an aircraft carrier, with a really short strip.

  32. June 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Late to the party but No, not just a tele shot. Watch the ground. The film camera is moving the same ground speed speed as the airplane, tracking it. Then it stops as the plane rotates and you see the belly exposed to the camera, the chopper hovering just out of range. Because of that, the plane appears to be doing a vertical climb

    The shot was choreographed pretty well. What is missing is data like rate of climb.

  33. June 16, 2015 at 12:14 am

    I don’t think ANYONE in their RIGHT MIND would want to fly on a Boeing airplane considering the fact they have built Remote Control Access into their Airplanes for the US Government to use, and the Government has been so deeply involved in so many False Flag – Phony Terrorist staged events, including 9-11…… I think only somebody with an IQ of a Pet Rock would want to fly in one of their planes.

  34. Frederick Leatherman
    June 16, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for solving the mystery. Crane thanks you, too. She said she’s watched that take-off video a hundred times and failed to notice the helicopter was moving.

    I don’t use the word, ‘awesome,’ because it’s so overused but that freakin’ shot is mucho awesome.

    Far out, too. Literally takes my breath away.

  35. Rachel
    June 16, 2015 at 7:13 am

    As Fred says, thank you for solving that mystery!

  36. Screwtape
    June 16, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I doubt it, a barrel roll, even at light weight.

    What is shown on the video tapped aggressive vertical maneuvering, which isn’t really a big deal — it just applies some extra G forces for a few moments, which the plane can handle perfectly well, especially at light weight.

    OTOH your barrel roll requires aggressive rolling done quickly through a full 360 degrees of rotation. It has to be done quickly enough to prevent the nose from dropping excessively while the plane is briefly flying upside down. Aggressively entering rolling that way, especially on a plane with long wings, puts an onerous twisting moment on all parts of the airframe — not good, unless flown by a fighter type aircraft which is designed to accommodate it.

  37. Screwtape
    June 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    You are correct! If on your next passenger flight the pilot says he/she will try it out, get off the plane and take a bus.

  38. Screwtape
    June 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Regarding remote control access. . .

    That subject has been bandied around for a long time. Most recently it was in response to the German Wings murder/suicide a couple of months ago.

    I think it’s worth researching and discussing in the media. A lot of situations can come up where remote control access might prevent a tragedy. How about the disappeared Malaysian airplane last year? Also maybe that French Airbus which crashed into the Atlantic a few years ago.

  39. June 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    It’s well done. Choreographed to the “T” so to speak. You can see the camera tracking the plane in it’s climb by the way the ground started moving again, and a moment before the plane levels out, the cameraman changed focal length to a wider view, then the filming appears to stop. I wonder if the chopper pilot had to haul ass to be sure not to be hit.

    It occurs to me that the filming aircraft might have been a drone, computer controlled.