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First Boeing 787 built in South Carolina rolls out of factory

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The first 787 Dreamliner passenger jet to be assembled at Boeing's South Carolina facility is rolled out during a ceremony in North Charleston on Friday. The factory stood at the center of a bitter labor dispute last year and the site of a recent manufacturing glitch that threatened to disrupt the 787 production rate target.

Mary Ann Chastain / Reuters

Workers celebrate as the first 787 Dreamliner passenger jet to be assembled at Boeing's South Carolina facility is rolled out.

The show-off tour and the rollout are a triumph for South Carolina, which has faced numerous setbacks before reaching this point.

In 2011, the National Labor Relations Board questioned the legal standing of the site's new final assembly line when it charged Boeing with selecting South Carolina over Washington in retaliation against the Machinists union for past strikes.

That legal specter evaporated last year when the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union did a deal with the company to secure the 737 MAX for Renton and dropped its objections to the Dreamliner production line here.

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A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India is seen on the production line at Boeing's new production facilities in North Charleston, South Carolina on Friday.

The jet is capable of flights of around 8,000 nautical miles - here's a track left by a 19-hour test flight:

The test pilots flew a 787 Dreamliner nonstop, drawing the Boeing logo over eight states. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

See other images of the 787 previously in PhotoBlog.

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