Watching the evolution of the Boeing 787 play out in real time has been nothing short of fascinating. The Industrial Designer in me has been really enjoying seeing Boeing break away from the same tired aircraft designs of the last 50 years – and it seems to be getting better with each new variant.
As you will see in my 787-9 templates below, the original 787-8 Dreamliner is an aircraft that lends itself well to a bit of stretching and pulling. Longer versions of it aren’t looking weird. Yet…
Boeing 787-9 side view blueprints (and all white templates)
So yeah. All I had to do was stretch my original 787-8 template a bit to create these 787-9 drawings. It wasn’t even all that much of a stretch actually. Just a couple hours in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop was all that was needed to get it wrapped up.
As different as it looks compared to the -8, the -9 variant isn’t even the longest 787 Dreamliner in Boeing’s lineup. The 787-10 18′ longer, and as you might image, looks a bit too stretched. That’s my opinion anyway.
787-9 design details
I’m going to be a bit honest and tell you that I had to take some wild freaking guesses when it came to illustrating the part lines on the fuselage of this aircraft. I haven’t been able to find detailed assembly drawings for the 787-9, so the part lines that you see in my illustrations may not be entirely accurate.
- I don’t claim any of my illustrations to be perfect, so this is going to have to do (for now). I’ll update these drawings sometime in the future when I run across a more detailed depiction of the sectioning.
- The flat nose of the -9 (and all Dreamliner aircraft) gives the fuselage more of a “cigar” shape than other airplanes in this category. It’s a design detail that made me wrinkle my nose at first, but as the years have gone on, I’ve grown to like it.
- The -9 features a double main bogey (just like the -8). From a visual design point of view, a triple would have helped to balance out the middle section of the aircraft better IMHO. Even if they had to make the individual wheels smaller.
- The wings and vertical stabler of the 787-9 are exactly the same size as what is found on the 787-8.
A visual comparison of the 787-9 vs the 787-10 and 787-8
The best way to compare the way the 787-9 looks compared to other Dreamliners is to show them side by side. Which is easy to do since I’ve already created side view templates for all of them:
As you can see, the 787-9 is sized right in between the 787-10 and 787-8. It makes those other two variants seem oddly-proportioned IMHO, which is something I never really noticed until I took the time to make these drawings.