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Boeing 787 makes first test flight

2009-12-17 03:16:09 GMT2009-12-17 11:16:09 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Boeing's new 787 jetliner finally got airborne Tuesday, the long-delayed inaugural flight of the world's first commercial plane constructed with half its components made from lightweight composite materials.

The sleek jet lifted off from Everett's Paine Field on a flight over Washington state, beginning an extensive testing program needed to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification.

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