The big jet behind Everett’s big doors: Boeing readies first 777X to fly - Many pictures...
Hanging from the wings will be the most gigantic jet engines anyone has ever seen
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December 27, 2018 - by Dominic Gates for Seattle Times
Inside Boeing's Everett assembly plant, the first 777X flight test plane is all but complete. Engineers and mechanics are preparing to roll out this majestic jet for its public debut as early as February. We got an advance look.
While most airplanes look much the same to harried air travelers, early next year Boeing's newest jet may manage to catch and arrest even the casual eye.
Passengers about to board will see its long, long carbon-fiber wings arc up and away from low on the fuselage, gull-like, then curve downward to the tips. There the wings will end in what will surely be the iconic image of this plane: scythelike wingtips painted with a 777X and folded upward so the jet fits at the airport gate.
Hanging from the wings will be the most gigantic jet engines anyone has ever seen.
Behind the big doors of Boeing's Everett assembly plant, Jason Clark, vice president of operations for the 777, gestured toward the all-but-complete 777X flight-test plane, the first of its two engines newly hung on the left wing, the tips folded up so as not to hit the factory walls.
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