In preparation for the 2015 Paris Air Show, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner pulled off a wild vertical takeoff, nearly getting perpendicular in the process. You don't see something like that on your average runway, that's for sure. Of course, this whole stunt was only possible with a very light load and little fuel, so don't expect your captain to try anything like this during that next commercial flight.
Speaking of commercial flights, you can bet if there were any passengers on board that they would have more than a few unkind words for the captain. Just think about it. You would've had trays catapulting down the aisles. Drinks flying around everywhere. Kids screaming. Middle seat passengers getting sandwiched between nervous flyers having full-blown panic attacks. Absolute chaos!
Now, as far as specs go on the 787-9 Dreamliner, here's a brief look at what this massive plane is working with, according to Boeing's official website.
Passengers (two-class): 296
Range nmi (km): 7,530 nmi (13,950 km)
Length: 63 m (206 ft)
Wingspan: 60 m (197 ft)
Height: 17 m (56 ft)
Engine: GEnx-1B/Trent 1000
Again, these aren't the sort of typical specs you'd expect to see on a plane that pulled off the stunt featured in the above video, but when it comes to cool tricks, clearly this thing isn't something to be underestimated.
Sure, it's no Blue Angel or a similar sort of plane that graces most average air shows, but we'd still pay a fair fee to watch a plane like the 787-9 Dreamliner do its thing.
This post was originally published on October 27, 2015.