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Originally posted by iamsupermanv2
does this have some meaning? or is it just a boom in first flights?
Boeing 787 clears 2 more hurdles
SEATTLE — Boeing Co. says it has completed "final gauntlet" testing on its first 787 jetliner and verified the success of fixes it made to a structural problem, two important steps before the new plane makes its first flight.
Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said Thursday that two days of gauntlet testing checked out all the airplane systems, such as avionics, hydraulics and electrical, to ensure they are ready for flight.
Boeing earlier reinforced weak points near the area where the wings attach to the fuselage, then conducted a so-called static test — essentially bending the wings — to test the repairs. Fancher said Thursday that Boeing has completed its analysis of that static test and called it successful.
Spokeswoman Yvonne Leach says Boeing still anticipates a first flight before year's end but must complete several more steps, including final flight readiness reviews and taxi testing.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by wingnut01
I`m so mad that I don`t have a computer right now. This is like my dream time with all these first flights, being streamed live no less, AND I CAN`T WATCH THEM!