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Before the Boeing 787 Dreamliner even touched down at the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration", fans were marveling at the airplane's revolutionary design.
"My lawnmower makes more noise than #787 Dreamliner," tweeted @pat64 as he watched the airplane perform a flyby.
Boeing's all-new passenger jet made its public debut when it landed at the Experimental Aircraft Association's 2011 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
"We were just here when it came in and I got goose bumps," said Anita Friberg who was among the thousands who cheered the airplane's landing. "It was amazing."
The 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial jetliner to be made largely of strong, lightweight composites. That and a host of new technologies, including more fuel-efficient engines, enable the 787 to use 20 percent less fuel than today's similarly-sized airplanes. It will also travel at Mach 0.85, similar to today's fastest twin-aisle jets.
"It catches your eye and it's beautiful." Arthur Rainbolt, aviation fan
Thousands of hardcore aviation fans got a chance to tour the flight test airplane, while many walked around the outside, commenting on its clean construction and graceful aerodynamics.
"It catches your eye and it's beautiful," said Arthur Rainbolt.
"This is just incredible to be able to see it for the first time and we've read about it since the inception," said Deborah Demkodijulio.
The 787 Dreamliner had appeared at other major air shows but those were opened only to industry insiders.
"It's so fun to come to Oshkosh because people just love airplanes," said 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker. "They want to see your airplane. They want to talk about your airplane. They enjoy the airplane. They enjoy the atmosphere."
"It's so fun to come to Oshkosh because people just love airplanes." Capt. Mike Carriker, 787 Chief Pilot
One enthusiast took advantage of the Dreamliner's presence to make another dream come true. After making arrangements with the Boeing team, Chad Kelly brought his girlfriend onto the flight deck and proposed marriage. The crew and crowd cheered when Liz Berger said, "Yes."