“The Dreamlifter, a modified 747-400 passenger airplane, has been transporting large pieces of the 787 #Dreamliner for more than a decade. Now, for the first time, it’s carrying the forward fuselage of the 767 called Section 41.” tweets Boeing.
Spirit AeroSystems delivered its first integrated 767 forward fuselage section for Boeing yesterday.
Previously Spirit designed and built four separate forward fuselage end items for the 767 — the cab, lower lobe and two side panels. These were shipped by rail to Boeing for integration. Now Spirit integrated the four sections into a single unit before shipping to Boeing.
The 767 integration work began in October of this year in the newly-opened advanced manufacturing facility on the company’s Wichita, Kan., campus.
The assembled unit is too large to ship via rail or truck, so the structure was transported by the Dreamlifter, a modified Boeing 747, from Wichita to Everett, just as the 787 integrated barrel.