Boeing 787-9 blank illustration templates

By Norebbo •  3 min read

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.

787-9 template

All white Boeing 787-9 side view template

787-9 line drawing

Blueprint line drawing of the Boeing 787-9

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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.

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:

787-10 vs 787-9 vs 787-8

A visual side-by-side comparison of my 787 Dreamliner blueprint drawings. Which one do you prefer?

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.


My name is Scott, and I started in the design industry over 20 years ago with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I have an extensive background in both 2D and 3D illustration, and these days, I spend a majority of my time creating aircraft templates and airliner art. I’m basically an airplane dork.

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