Boeing customers who want to put a multicolored livery on the engine nacelles of their 787s or add a logo will have to forgo the option or accept a performance penalty. The company announced yesterday that it has developed a method for maintaining laminar flow over more area on the 787 nacelle inlet, "reduc[ing] aircraft drag and fuel consumption." However, "in order to achieve laminar flow over the inlet it is necessary to maintain a very smooth, continuous surface without paint edges, ...

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