Description of BOEING 747-400 DREAMLIFTER
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The Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) is a cargo aircraft, not to be confused with the Boeing 747-400 airliner, from which it is derived. Nicknamed Dreamlifter, the Boeing 747-400 LCF can carry 150 tons of cargo on takeoff, over 7800 kilometers. It mainly carries large and bulky parts.
It was built because Boeing lacked an aircraft capable of transporting certain aircraft parts from Japan and Italy to Everett, in the United States. Indeed, deliveries by sea were too long. Four Boeing 747-400 airliners were modified to build four Dreamlifter cargo planes; the construction took place in Taiwan. It was more economical for Boeing to buy and convert planes rather than build new ones. This also reduced the number of years of testing required to then obtain the necessary certifications to fly.
The Dreamlifter was named in reference to another Boeing aircraft (the 787), nicknamed the Dreamliner. The first flight took place in 2006.