Takeoff in Boeing's 787 simulator (video)

CNET took a ride in the full flight simulator for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft in Renton, Wash. Catch a glimpse of our virtual flight.

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Thursday, I took a virtual flight in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner simulator . In the midst of madly shooting photos--which, I must add, was difficult to do while sitting in a jump seat and juggling a notebook--I managed to capture some quick video of the takeoff with CNET's iPhone 4.

Sitting on the right in the first officer's seat is Gregg Pointon, a Boeing pilot trainer. He talked us through the takeoff roll down runway 16 Left at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the rotation--or liftoff point--as we took to the skies above the Seattle area and the Puget Sound. The flight lasted more than 15 minutes total, but it afforded an in-depth view of the very sophisticated machines that will train future 787 pilots.

For a closer look, check out our photo gallery . Also, for a view of the 787 mock-up interior, see our visit to Boeing's Customer Experience Center.

Related news: Boeing announces another Dreamliner delay

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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