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Recognizing The Innovation And Historical Significance Of The Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Rep. Jerry F. Costello

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the production and delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes and to congratulate everyone at The Boeing Company on this milestone in aviation history.

The roots of today's Boeing Company were five companies founded by visionaries whose names are forever etched in the history of aviation. William Boeing (The Boeing Airplane Co.), Donald Douglas (Douglas Aircraft Co.), James McDonnell (McDonnell Aircraft Corp.), James ``Dutch'' Kindelberger (North American Aviation), and Howard Hughes, Jr. (Hughes Aircraft) pioneered aviation design, provided our nation with a critical component of military superiority and ushered in the modern era of air travel.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner builds on the legacy and combined knowledge derived from those early pioneers but takes innovation to new levels. The Dreamliner departs from traditional metal construction with greater use of composite materials than any previous aircraft. Improvements in engine technologies take fuel efficiencies a step further to give the Dreamliner both the range and speed of larger aircraft.

The Dreamliner has used advanced technologies to improve the flying experience beyond exterior design and engine performance. Higher cabin humidity levels, larger passenger windows and monitoring systems that coordinate with land-based computers are a few other examples of Dreamliner innovations.

With final assembly in Boeing's Washington plant, Dreamliner subassembly occurs in locations throughout the United States and across the globe. Named an ``Aircraft of Legend,'' the Dreamliner is an example of American innovation and technological leadership.

Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the debut of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and in congratulating everyone at Boeing and their subcontractors who have been involved in its design, construction and delivery.