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Would you send a postcard of Boeing’s new Dreamliner?



For some fans, Boeing’s first test flight of its new 787 Dreamliner this week was apparently a virtual postcard.

The aerospace company says people sent about 25,000 postcards electronically of the lightweight commercial plane made primarily from carbon-based plastics and titanium.

About 1 million people logged in to watch the take-off and landing, observing the long-delayed first flight from about 13,000 cities and about 200 countries, the company says.

Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive officer of Boeing Defense Systems, watched from St. Louis — about 2,000 road miles from Seattle where the flight happened — in a Webcast meeting with about 100 employees who had a live feed from the event.