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In Wichita, the 787 Dreamliner gets its head start

Every month, Spirit Aerosystems turns out ten Dreamliner forward sections, complete with electronics and other systems. CNET Road Trip 2014 checked out the production line.

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In Kansas, where 787 Dreamliners are born (pictures)

Boeing's next-gen planes are assembled in Washington or South Carolina, but the front sections are made in Kansas. CNET Road Trip 2014 visits the aviation heartland to see the manufacturing process.

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Airbus reports best-ever jet sales at Farnborough: $75.3B

The aviation industry spends big bucks and plans years in advance. Airbus sells 496 passenger jets at the UK airshow.

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DETROIT -  JANUARY 12:  Ford Motor Company President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally gives the opening speech at the Automotive News World Congress January 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  The annual World Congress features many of the auto industry's leaders. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alan Mulally

Google appoints former Ford CEO Mulally to board

After leaving Ford on July 1, auto and aviation industry giant Alan Mulally is named to Google's board of directors and audit committee.

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Boeing's 777X plans: Big windows, lots of air, and robot manufacturing

The company is copying passenger-friendly details from its 787 Dreamliner into its upcoming 777X wide-body passenger jet, the company announces at the Farnborough airshow.

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Boeing's extra-long 787-9 loops over Farnborough (pictures)

The second Dreamliner model, which Boeing just started shipping to customers, took its debut flight above the prestigious UK airshow. Here's a look.

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With A330neo, Airbus gives new life to an older jet

New jets get a lot of attention at the Farnborough airshow, but Airbus believes there's demand for an older plane revamped with new, more efficient engines.

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Up close with the first Boeing 787-9 (pictures)

Boeing showed off the test version of its 280-passengenger, energy-efficient jet at the Farnborough International Airshow. Here's a look at this special test model.

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Boeing flaunts longer new 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough

At the Farnborough airshow, the Seattle aircraft maker shows off the first energy-efficient 787-9 built. Also: how the longer 280-passenger endured tests of performance, temperature, and a virtual barrel roll.

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Runway safety improvements under way at SFO (pictures)

Two of four runways will close as part of federally mandated improvements. CNET takes a look at the technology and gets a tour of SFO's runways.

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The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator.

Boeing test-flies another maritime surveillance aircraft

It's not just the P-8A Poseidon that's keeping Boeing busy. The defense giant also has plans to put some of that technology into a modified Challenger business jet.

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A few days back came word of a new contender for the title of <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57619774-71/the-worlds-largest-aircraft-can-fly-for-three-weeks-its-not-cute/">world's largest aircraft</a>, and it's equal parts awesome and ominous. The HAV 304 Airlander is no ordinary flying machine. This futuristic craft is 300 feet long, doesn't need a runway, and backers say it could carry up to 50 tons of freight 1,500 miles at 100 miles an hour, not to mention stay aloft for days and days at a time.
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It's not quite a Star Destroyer, but there's something creepy about the way Hybrid Air Vehicles' <a href="http://vimeo.com/86716764" >technical director, Mike Durham, states</a>, "You can put 7 or 8 tons of surveillance equipment on board." On the cheerier side, the HAV 304 Airlander is also green, efficient, and a hybrid.
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Read on for a look at some notable aircraft past and present -- both fixed-wing planes and lighter-than-air machines  -- built on the premise that bigger is better.</p>

Supersized aircraft: Behemoths of the sky (pictures)

Take a look at some of the most monstrous aircraft ever to take to the skies -- or at least hope to.

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