On Friday, the White House announced it would use Boeing’s oversized cargo planes to distribute supplies and goods for the fight against COVID-19.
President Donald Trump said at the corona virus special forces press conference that Boeing had donated three 747-400LCF Dreamlifter aircraft with an oversized cargo compartment ideal for transporting excess cargo. often.
As one of the largest cargo aircraft in the world, the Boeing 747-400LCF, or “Large Cargo Freighter”, will stop carrying freight flights between factories around the globe as usual and switch to support. distribution of goods such as masks, ventilators, and other essential items for the fight against COVID-19.
Boeing’s Dreamlifter was originally designed to transport components such as wings and fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner – the first twin-engined wide-body aircraft manufactured by Boeing, that revolutionized the aviation industry. when launched. The aircraft maker is also a company that will receive a $ 17 billion bailout from the federal government.
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This is President Donald Trump, holding a picture of the Dreamlifter during a press conference.
In support of the COVID-19 battle, the Dreamlifter will cease to perform its normal duties, as the aircraft was not designed to handle commercial cargo.
Despite being the largest cargo plane in the world, Boeing created the Dreamlifter just to serve one major customer: themselves.
The Dreamlifter is an upgraded version of the Boeing 747-400 Freighter, which comes amid increasing demand for the transport of components for the revolutionary new 787 Dreamliner.
The Dreamlifter is designed specifically for the transport of Dreamliner wings and other components, in order to reduce the travel time by Dreamliner manufacturing process being carried out at many different factories around the globe.
Although self-serving, Boeing has signed a contract to use Dreamlifter with other freight companies to fly on behalf of Boeing. Evergreen International Airlines (now bankrupt) is the first airline to use Dreamlifter.
The US cargo giant, Atlas Air, later accepted the contract – part of a compensation deal because Boeing failed to deliver the 747-8i to Atlas.
The heart of the giant iron bird Dreamlifter is a long body with a capacity of 65,000 cubic meters, which allows to contain two wings of the Dreamliner or many bodies of 787.
Unlike standard Boeing 747s, the cargo is brought in and taken out directly from the rear of the aircraft.
The aircraft also has a cargo hold in the abdomen like other passenger aircraft.
Created for 787 Dreamliner, Dreamliner components can easily slide in and out of the Dreamlifter’s oversized compartment.
The back of this aircraft has a hinge, allowing its tail to be opened to the side as if opening the door, ideal for bringing large items inside.
This aircraft usually flies back and forth between Boeing factories, in which most flights will start or end at Dreamliner factories in Everett, Washington, or North Charleston, South Carolina.
This is the Dreamlifter parked in Paine Field, Everett, Washington, where Boeing produced 787-8 and 787-9. The 787-10 production process takes place mainly at the North Charleston plant located at Charleston International Airport.
In addition to supporting freight to the federation, Dreamlifter will also transport masks manufactured by Boeing.
Although its relatively large size makes it easy to recognize, Dreamlifter attracted public attention after the incident of landing at the wrong airport. In Wichita, Kansas, this plane accidentally landed at a small airport instead of the destination set at McConnell Air Force Base.
Dreamlifter has proven that it is a key tool in the production of Boeing’s Dreamliner, by significantly reducing the time it takes to transport components.
The size is quite large, but Dreamlifter is not the largest aircraft in the world as President Trump said wrong.
The world’s largest aircraft by stride is Antonov AN-225 Mriya, a Soviet-era aircraft, currently in service at a Ukrainian freight carrier.
Dreamlifter is also not the only oversized aircraft, as Airbus has developed a similar aircraft of its own, the A300-600ST, with a similar design, used to transport aircraft components around. world.
Airbus’ transport fleet also has a larger BelugaXL, designed to transport the wings of the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
While passenger flights as well as Boeing’s production lines are declining, the Dreamliner will continue to fly to support global efforts to defeat COVID-19.