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The Big Picture: Boeing 787-9 performs extreme maneuvers at Farnborough

Zach Honig
July 16, 2014
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Boeing's original Dreamliner may be old news by now, but a longer variant -- the 787-9 -- is about to enter passenger service with Air New Zealand. That extended aircraft is also on display for would-be airline customers this week at the Farnborough Airshow, just south of London. With a very light load on board, Boeing's able to show off its latest plane with some extreme maneuvers, including steep takeoffs and high-bank turns just feet off the ground. The moves may make you uneasy, but they're designed to demonstrate the aircraft's flexibility -- you won't experience any of these intense angles on a commercial flight, but you can get a feel for what the new 787 can do in the video after the break.

[Photo credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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