Boeing 747 Dreamlifter Fact Sheet

Brief Description:

The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified 747-400 passenger airplane that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. It is the primary means of transporting major assemblies of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from suppliers around the world to the 787 final assembly site in Everett, Wash. This reduces delivery times to as little as one day from as many as 30 days today.


Dependent on payload but comparable to other members of the 747 family of aircraft.

Wing Span:

211.5 feet (64.44 meters)


235 feet, 2 inches (71.68 meters)

Height (fin tip):

70 feet, 8 inches (21.54 meters)

Swing Tail Cargo Door:

Hinge on aft section of the fuselage

Cruise Speed:

Mach 0.82

Cargo Capacity:

65,000 cubic feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight:

803,000 lbs

Airplanes Purchased:


Program milestones:

Modifications began 2005
First flight 2006
Flight test, certification 2007
Return to service 2007