AirVenture Offers First 787 Tours

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The public will get a look inside Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner for the first time, at EAA AirVenture 2011. The airplane will fly in to Oshkosh on Friday morning, July 29, and depart that same day at about 6 p.m. During its stay at the show center, now called ConocoPhillips Plaza, the 787 will be open for tours. "This represents two significant firsts," said EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny. "It's the first time anywhere that aviation enthusiasts can tour the 787 and the first public showcase of the 787 in North America." Boeing says the 787, which is expected to start deliveries later this year, will be the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes. Composite materials, electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and modern engines aim to make the 787 more fuel efficient and lower the operating costs.

Besides the 787, AirVenture 2011 is filled with events and attractions all week, from July 25 to 31. The Centennial of Naval Aviation celebration continues all week long, and special tribute days are dedicated to aviation legends Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover. The popular opening-day concert on Monday features REO Speedwagon and a Night Air Show is set for Saturday. A contest for a $60,000 Electric Flight Prize will take place throughout the week, and the Airship Ventures Zeppelin NT will visit the show for the first time, offering flights to the public. AVweb staffers will be there from start to finish, bringing you fresh news, video, and podcasts daily.