787 Nose Construction Shows the Face of Future Composite Plane Factories

WICHITA, Kan. -- Inside the Spirit AeroSystems plant here, the nose-and-cockpit section of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner takes shape in a vast, clean, quiet space one largely devoid of people. Everything is automated, from the guided vehicles that...

Boeing wants all the big pieces to arrive from its major partners within the next few weeks.

Inside the Everett plant where the 787's final assembly will also be very different from that of existing jets mechanics will then begin the sprint to fit together the first airplane for its scheduled rollout in July.

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