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3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby f4dj79 on Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:53 am

Here is a photo of the three BUF's that Boeing built for the 787. These three jet fly around the globe picking up parts moving them from point to point then to the Everett Wash. plant for final assembly. We finally have three dream lifters they just are not virtual. Too bad the 787 is still a virtual airplane, almost built, and almost ready to fly. Someday?


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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby j79guy on Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:10 pm

Kind'a look like the boa that ate the hamster.

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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby f4dj79 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:00 am

Does anyone know what BUF means?
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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby j79guy on Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:05 pm

The A7 Corsairs were called, SLUF's, for Short, Little, Ugly Fu**ers.
So, I guess BUF = "Big Ugly Fu**ers" Well, if the shoe fits.........

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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby j79guy on Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:09 pm

Here's an early BUF.

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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby TillamookTurbine on Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:41 pm

I taxied in to Anchorage last winter about November and your DLifter was sitting there waiting to return to Paine someone told me with parts from Asia but couldn't get unloaded because of the strike so it stayed at PANC for a week or two.

Speaking of Paine and BUFF's, I flew into Snohomish County today for the first time in 20+ years and noticed a B52 (D?) on the flight line. What's that all about?

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Re: 3 Dream Lifters at Boeing

Postby f4dj79 on Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:46 am

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That B-52H was part of the deactivation of B52's in the 1990's. That airplane is one that is on the 30 day restore inventory? Meaning everything is still there and it could be pressed back into service. So it gets moved from point to point at Paine Field just to show the Russians that it's really deactivated and sitting idle. I know this because one day when it was stored here at Boeing Everett we got to crawl around in it. That stopped when we pulled the wrong lever and dropped the lower seat (ejection) doors. It took some tech's from Castle AFB to come out and fix the problem. That is why the airplane is were it is.
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