Sunday, December 04, 2005
THE PAST AND THE FUTURE OF FLIGHT
The new Future of Flight museum in Everett, Washington, a $23-million project, is preparing to open Dec. 17, the 102nd anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic short hop at Kitty Hawk, N. C. The first exhibit of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (shown above) will be featured. There's also an XJ5 Flight Simulator which lets riders soar at tree-top level in a supersonic mission. This will be one of the first looks at the 787 Dreamliner, a composite-skinned aircraft that promises to change the way we travel. The Dreamliner, built of carbon fiber and titanium is lighter, quieter and smoother-riding than current aircraft. The double-aisle jumbo jet features larger windows and is expected to be in service by 2008.