As I promised three weeks ago, here are the full set of blank illustration templates for the Boeing 777-8 (also known as the 777X). Before diving into this post completely though, I suspect that there are at least a few of you who are eager to point out that my original promise was to have these drawings done in two weeks. Not three. Sorry about that. But as they always say: better late than never!
777-8 templates with and without the folded wingtips
Just as how I presented my side view drawings of the 777–9 three weeks ago, here are the full set of illustrations for the 777–8 showing the wingtips both fully extended and folded. I can’t imagine there would be a lot of demand for the drawings of the wingtips in the folded configuration, but I’m just covering all the bases and trying to be as thorough as possible.
As you can see, this is a stunningly good looking aircraft. The proportions are nearly perfect in my opinion, with the massive engines hanging off an all new 787-style wing. It’s a beast of an airplane, and in my opinion, I’m tempted to say that it may actually be better looking than the A350 (my current favorite at the time of this writing).
What exactly is the 777-8?
The Boeing 777–8 is the direct successor of the 777-200, with an increased overall length of 229 feet (68.9 m). Although significantly longer than the -200 variant, it’s mission is roughly the same. Personally, I tend to think of it as a 777–200 on steroids thanks to its increased capacity and longer range.
Of course there’s a lot more to it than that, and I recommend reading the 777X Wikipedia page for all the juicy stats and latest information. But for the purpose of this article, all you need to know is that it’s the successor to the -200.
Also worth noting is the fact that the 777–8 is essentially a shorter version of the 777-9 (which I posted side view templates for three weeks ago). All of the significant upgrades for the -9 are included in this -8 variant. Wings, vertical stabilizer, engines…it’s basically the same aircraft with a shorter fuselage.
What are all the visual differences between the 777-8 and 777-200?
Without giving getting into the specifics of how the 777–8 varies from all the separate variants of the -200 (ER, LR, etc.), I’ll keep this list relatively simple and focus only on the major visual differences. Here’s the major stuff:
- The 777-8 is longer than the 777-200 by 20 ft (6.09 m)
- Overall wing area has increased by 860 sq ft (262.13 sq m)
- Not only is the wing longer, it’s an all new design very similar to the 787
- The all new GE9X engines are roughly 20% larger (my estimation)
- The vertical stabilizer is all new, featuring a 787 style design
What are all the visual differences between the 777-8 and 777-9?
As I mentioned earlier, the 777–8 is essentially the same aircraft as the 777–9 (but shorter). Of course I’m only talking about visual differences here, and again, I refer you to the 777X Wikipedia page if you want to learn all about the technical differences between the two variants. As far as I can tell, here are the major visual differences between the two:
- The 777-8 is shorter than the 777-9 by 22 ft (6.71 m)
And that’s pretty much it! See? I told you that these are essentially the same airplanes, and as far as I can tell there are no major design differences between the two. Don’t hold me to this though, as there hasn’t even been a prototype built of the -8 yet, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the final production model is actually going to look like.
What’s the next Norebbo aircraft template going to be?
To kick off the new year, I think I’m going to roll up my sleeves and finally take care of the Boeing 707. This is an aircraft that I get tons of requests for on a constant basis, and I don’t really understand why. It’s not that I have a dislike for the airplane or anything, but I never see anyone talking about it very much online anymore. I honestly have no idea why so many of you are clamoring for side view templates of that old gal.
Lucky for you, I live to serve and I’ll do what I can to make them the best 707 side view templates that you’ve ever seen. I’m not exactly sure how many variants I’m going to do right off the bat, but I’ll probably pick the most common configuration and just leave it at that. For now…