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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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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