Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Boeing’s largest commercial airplane has won one of the aerospace industry's most prestigious honors for excellence.
The 787 Dreamliner received the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The National Aeronautic Association awards the prize to the air or space vehicle that represents the greatest aeronautic achievement in America.
Walter Boyne, NAA Chairman, said the Dreamliner helped revolutionize air travel.
"We were very pleased with this year's slate of nominations,” Boyne said. “All of them were impressive, inspirational, and innovative and certainly represent the future of aviation and aerospace."
The 787 Dreamliner, the first mid-size commercial airplane capable of flying long-range routes, completed a rigorous flight testing effort to earn certification in 2011. The 787 was then delivered to ANA of Japan and put into service on daily routes.
Jim Albaugh, Boeing president and CEO, said the Dreamliner changed history.
"The men and women of Boeing, working with our partners around the world, poured their hearts into designing, building and delivering the 787 Dreamliner,” Albaugh said. “It was a long and sometimes difficult journey.”
The Collier Trophy, first awarded in 1911, was designed to encourage innovation in aerospace by emphasizing improved performance, efficiency and safety. Past winners include Orville Wright; the Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 Moon mission team; Boeing for several airplanes, including the 747 and the 777; Boeing and partners for the F/A-18E/F, the International Space Station; and Bell Boeing for the V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor.