Symbols of time in an era of change
This aircraft had a revolutionary design: composite fuselage, advanced avionics, units with electric drive. Marketers did not lag behind: they gave the novelty the name of Dreamliner and tied the unveiling date to the numbers 787. We are speaking about this exhibit of MAKS-2011 and MAKS-2013 and its creator, Boeing, a permanent member of the International Aviation and Space Salons.
The birth of the giant
Among the people who have defined the face of the world aviation industry, a special place is occupied by William Edward Boeing, born in October 1881 in Detroit, the most industrial city in the country at that time. In July 1915, William Boeing, an American timber industry merchant and aviation enthusiast, made his first seaplane flight on an air show. His impressions were so strong that he made the decision to buy his own plane. Together with George Westervelt, a friend and future partner, William began mastering piloting the curious machine, and soon found that a number of wooden parts came into disrepair. Historians write that the decision to establish his own aircraft manufacturing company was spontaneous: after learning that spare parts would be delivered after several months, Boeing said: "We could create parts better and sooner!"
On July 15, 1916, the partners registered The Pacific Aero Products Company. It was this small enterprise, renamed in 1917 as Boeing Airplane Company, that later became the world's leading aerospace manufacturer. His phrase "We can do better" extended the business empire.
787: A Dream Liner
The designers gave the novelty every thinkable and unthinkable innovation. For the first time ever, such a large aircraft received the fuselage and wing made of composite materials. Many of the liner's systems have been electrically powered, making the Boeing 787 a flying power plant that generates up to 1.4 megawatts of energy. And it can also be called a flying supercomputer, in which the onboard computers are linked in a network. However, all this is not so important for passengers. What they do appreciate is the low noise level, comfortable pressure and humidity during the flight, huge windows and spacious stowage bins.
The program for the new wide-body liner was presented in 2001, and six years later the first Boeing 787 aircraft was proudly unveiled to the public. When engineers and workers finished the main portion of their work, marketing experts took over. A competition was held to select the best name for the new liner, and "Dreamliner" pulled off a win. The dream symbolizing the triumph of the American aircraft industry had to be properly presented, so a special day was chosen. In the U.S., dates are denoted in the month-day-a-year format, so the one fit for 787 was July 8, 2007.
At the factory in Everett near Seattle, where the first prototype was assembled, the area in front of the workshop was crowded with 15 thousand Boeing employees and guests. More than 30 thousand more people working in supplier companies in the USA, Japan and Italy watched the broadcast in real time. Video from the unveiling ceremony was shown on the Internet, and the footage was available for downloading from the company's website. According to Boeing specialists, the event was followed by more than 100 million people!
Boeing in Russia and Zhukovsky
The American company has a long history of partnership with Russia. The first International Aviation and Space Salon was held in 1993, and the same year Boeing opened its science and technology center in Moscow. In the 1990s, cooperation was established with VSMPO (now VSMPO-AVISMA), the world's largest manufacturer of titanium products, and work was launched on the Sea Launch project. A huge landing party of American manufacturer's engineers worked in Moscow and Zhukovsky under the program of high-speed civil passenger aircraft, within which the modernized Tu-144LL performed a number of research flights. All milestones of this cooperation could be tracked at MAKS, participation in which became a good tradition for the American company. And on August 14, 2001, on the first day of MAKS-2001, Boeing and Ilyushin Aviation Complex announced the opening of a training center for Russian aerospace engineers in Moscow.
International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS has been deservedly one of the world's leading platforms for the third decade now. Every time we look forward to this spectacular event, demonstrate Boeing innovations and prepare signatures with our Russian partners. I still remember the triumphant appearance of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Zhukovsky in 2011. Always striking with its scope and rich program, the Air Show in Zhukovsky gives a great opportunity to Russian and foreign companies to tell about their achievements in aviation. We look forward to seeing you at MAKS 2021!
Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing in Russia and CIS
Boeing 787, which was created at the time of establishing partnership between Russia and the U.S., became the "most Russian" of all modern American aircraft: some strength calculations were made at the Boeing Design Center in Moscow, testing and certification of the fuselage panels were carried out at TsAGI in Zhukovsky, titanium alloy parts were supplied from Verkhnaya Salda. That's why in 2011, when Dreamliner was first shown at the exhibition in Russia, many hundreds of MAKS visitors approached the first prototype and not without pride looked at the liner that had a part of their work in it. A similar fortune, as we hope, will be with Boeing 777X, the order for the supply of titanium products for which was signed at MAKS-2015, and the development of which also involved the Moscow design center.
MAKS-2019 was held without Boeing's full-scale exhibits. There were problems with the 737MAX, and the foreign policy background could not be called favorable. However, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer has presented a large exposition, signed a number of agreements with Russian companies, and joined in the work of the Future Hub section. The company's specialists conducted master classes and interactive training games for university students as part of the "Aviation from A to Z" program implemented by Boeing in cooperation with public organization Junior Achievement Russia. And it is deeply symbolic: when the present day brings more and more challenges, it is doubly important to take care of a better future.