Boeing has offered its Dreamlifter Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) to transport critical and urgently needed supplies in support of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief efforts.
The company has also announced that it will produce face shields using 3D printing machines at its facilities across the US.
“In support of COVID-19 relief efforts and heroic healthcare professionals, we are offering our Dreamlifter cargo plane to transport critical and urgently needed supplies. We will also be producing face shields using our 3D printing machines across the US”, said a company statement.
In support of COVID-19 relief efforts and heroic healthcare professionals, we are offering our Dreamlifter cargo plane to transport critical and urgently needed supplies. We will also be producing face shields using our 3D printing machines across the US. pic.twitter.com/tfWamtGACB
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) March 27, 2020
The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, also known as the Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF), is a wide-body cargo aircraft.
The aircraft is an extensively modified Boeing 747-400 that is used exclusively for transporting Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft components to Boeing’s assembly plants from suppliers around the world. At 65,000 cubic feet, the Dreamlifter can hold three times the volume of a 747-400F freighter.
The Dreamlifter has a bulging fuselage similar in concept to the Super Guppy and Airbus A300-600ST Beluga/A330-743L Beluga XL outsize cargo aircraft, which are also used for transporting aircraft wings and fuselage sections. The cargo portion of the aircraft is unpressurized.
The LCF conversion was partially designed by Boeing’s Moscow bureau and Boeing Rocketdyne with the swing tail designed in partnership with Gamesa Aeronáutica of Spain.
Boeing acquired four second-hand 747-400s; one former Air China aircraft, two former China Airlines aircraft, and one former Malaysia Airlines aircraft for the conversion. Modifications were carried out in Taiwan by Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation (EGAT), a joint venture of Evergreen Group’s EVA Air and General Electric (GE).
The 4-aircraft LCF fleet is operated by Atlas Air.