Airborne Awesomosity

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000: British Humour & Lego Awesome

Rolls-Royce and GE are the two suppliers of engines for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. For the new jet, Rolls-Royce built a new engine in their Trent engine family. The Trent 1000 can provide between 53,000 lb. and 75,000 lb. of thrust depending on the variant and application. It’s an impressive engine.

It also has a bit of a humourous side. You see, the crazy Brits at Rolls purposely scheduled FAA and EASA certification on August 7, 2007. No big deal, right? Except, in Europe they write dates with the day first. Now do you get the joke?

If not, you can still enjoy the Lego awesomeness after the jump.

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That’s a half-scale Trent 1000 made out of Lego by Rolls-Royce and Bright Bricks for the Farnsworth Air Show. The model weighs 675 lb. and took 152,455 Lego bricks to build.

[Image Credit: MilborneOne]

  • Deartháir

    I want that for my living room.

    • This should be in every living room in the world. Then people would be too busy staring at it in awe to start wars. This is, in other words, the answer to world peace. And peanut butter.

  • I just….what? Awesome.

    • CaptianNemo2001


  • OA5599

    It's neat that they were able to trim costs by using bulletin board scalloped border for the engine shroud, but they should have spent a few extra bucks not to go with the plain white ones.

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    • BlackIce_GTS

      The reminder that those exist produced a spike of loathing for which I cannot account.
      I guess I really didn't like school?

  • The Brits in the airplane industry really do have a sense of humor. I had occasion to see a jetliner with the radome removed, and there on the radar dish were the words, "Keep your BLOODY HANDS OFF the dish."

    • it's not just the Brits: as seen previously in these parts, the mounting points on the 747 that ferried the Space Shuttles have (had?) a sign that reads: "Attach Shuttle Here. Black Side Down".