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    [Boeing 787 Dreamliner]

    March 19, 2009 -- The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliner designated for flight test is now undergoing final assembly in Everett, Wash. The airplane, designated ZA006, will be powered with General Electric GEnx engines.

    Progress continues on the fleet. The first flight test airplane, ZA001, is getting its paint touched up this week before finishing factory testing. Power was brought onto the second airplane, ZA002, in late February and build verification tests are progressing well. Production work continues on ZA003, ZA004 and ZA005. In all, assemblies for 31 Dreamliners are currently in production throughout the supply chain.

    The 787 Dreamliner has orders for 878 airplanes from 57 customers.


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  • #2
    Some previous posts on the 787 Dreamliner from our old board:

    Milestone 25% in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Project (14 pages)

    Monarch Airlines announce order for B-787 Dreamliner

    Pegasus orders Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Major Assembly of First B787 Dreamliner Starts

    Aeromexico Announce Deal for 787 Dreamliners

    Boeing to deliver first 787-9 to Air New Zealand

    Air Pacific Becomes newest B-787 Dreamliner customer

    Boeing Awards Additional 787 Work to Goodrich

    Kenya Airways to Add Boeing 787 Dreamliners
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    • #3
      Boeing 787 Dreamliner Moves to Flight Line for Testing

      EVERETT, Wash., May 03, 2009 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliner that will fly later this quarter has moved to the flight line. Fuel testing - the first in the next phase of extensive checks the airplane must undergo - will begin in the next few days.

      "We are making great progress, and moving ever-closer to first flight," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 Dreamliner program.

      In recent weeks, the 787 (designated ZA001) completed a rigorous series of tests including build verification tests, structures and systems integration tests, landing gear swings and factory gauntlet, which is the full simulation of the first flight using the actual airplane. With Chief Pilot Mike Carriker at the controls, the simulation tested all flight controls, hardware and software. The simulation also included manual and automatic landings and an extensive suite of subsequent ground tests.

      "These results give us confidence in our ability to move into further gauntlet testing using either ground power or the airplane's engines or auxiliary power unit. This is a significant milestone on the path to first flight," Fancher said.

      All structural tests required on the static airframe prior to first flight also are complete. The final test occurred April 21 when the wing and trailing edges were subjected to their limit load - the highest loads expected to be seen in service. The load is about the same as the airplane experiencing 2.5 times the force of gravity.

      "We continue to analyze the data, but the initial results are positive," Fancher said. On April 13, the leading edge of the wing was subjected to its limit load while the rest of the airplane was subjected to loads expected at cruise. And in September 2008, the "high blow" high-pressure test was completed on the static airframe. During that test, the airframe reached an internal pressure of 150 percent of the maximum levels expected to be seen in service - 14.9 lbs. per square inch (1.05 kilograms per centimeter) gauge (psig).

      Ground vibration testing, which measures the airplane's response to flutter, also concluded on the second flight-test airplane, designated ZA002, at the end of this week. All the necessary structural tests required prior to first flight now are complete.

      Now on the flight line, ZA001 will undergo additional airplane power and systems tests as well as engine runs. After completing final systems checks and high-speed taxi tests, the airplane will be ready for first flight, which is on schedule for later this quarter.

      The 787 Dreamliner has orders for 886 airplanes from 57 customers.


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      • #4
        787 Dreamliner about to depart for maiden test flight today.

        Picture by Boeing:



        Norwegian article:

        http://www.vg.no/reise/artikkel.php?artid=544212
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        • #5
          787 is not on the list of visiting aircraft at Paris Air Show this year.
          Stupid....., because as you know, I'm attending the show 18.-21. June...
          (Or maybe it's coming over as a surprice...? Think not. Don't think the first thing they do after a maiden flight is to set course over the big pond...).
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
            787 is not on the list of visiting aircraft at Paris Air Show this year.
            Stupid....., because as you know, I'm attending the show 18.-21. June...
            (Or maybe it's coming over as a surprice...? Think not. Don't think the first thing they do after a maiden flight is to set course over the big pond...).
            I'm sure they would have wanted to showcase their aircraft there, but, with her maiden flight so close, they probably didn't see it possible or feasible...

            PS: Don't forget camera!
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            • #7
              Maybe we should rename this new bird to 7-LATE-7 instead of 787?

              Boeing again delays initial 787 Dreamliner flight

              In the fifth major delay to its schedule for flying the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing said Tuesday it has discovered the plane needs added structural reinforcement where the wing and fuselage meet.

              In the fifth major delay to its schedule for flying the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing said Tuesday it has discovered the plane needs added structural reinforcement where the wing and fuselage meet.

              The news dealt the 787 program a serious new setback as the company's plan to reach first flight by June 30 went out the >>>

              Read the whole story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...87delay23.html
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              • #8
                Boeing's Dreamliner cleared for takeoff

                Boeing Co. completed the last in a series of tests over the weekend that finally cleared the way for the long-awaited first flight of its 787 Dreamliner this week, after more than two years of costly delays.

                The Chicago-based plane-maker is planning the Dreamliner's first flight for tomorrow at 10 a.m., weather permitting, at its plant in Everett, Wash.
                http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/B...570/story.html
                Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                • #9
                  Am I the only one, but I'm EXTREMELY skeptical about this aircraft: made up of so much plastic and composite components....
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                  • #10
                    Heard something about this on the news this morning...but it was on in the background as I was reviewing Chemistry exams with Alix, so I wasn't really listening.

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                    • #11
                      From what i have heard it is still set to take off at 10.00 PST, so i think that should be about 18.00 hrs GMT. Shall keep my eye on the news channels.

                      I should imagine that given the planes very different mechanical make up, that it will under go a very long and extremely vigorous period of testing. So it could still be a very long time before any airlines take delivery of the plane.
                      Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                      • #12
                        Just now at BBC on the "telly", the Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies!
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                        • #13
                          Yep, I was watching on sky and CNN. Great to see her fly at last!
                          Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                          • #14
                            Like the upward lift of those wings - very impressive.

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                            • #15
                              plastic and composite components....
                              Wouldn't be too concerned if I were you, J-O....

                              The newest version of these materials are several times stronger than traditional aluminium and duraluminium materials used in aircraft industry up until now...

                              I belive B787 is a nice, on the border of se*y, design and a joy to look at for one with an eye for curved lines and great shapes.
                              When visiting PAS this summer, I was rather stunned to see Airbus' model A350. It was ment to be their counterpart to the 787 and it was to the last centimeter a copy of the Boeing desing.
                              (Do Airbus have industrial spies over there at Boeing??)

                              To bring a large number of pax on a direct route from one airport to a final destination on a very fuel efficient light airframe, could be more effective on behalf of cost and environment than Airbus' solution to bring a colossal huge amount of pax on a large heavy not so fuel efficient airframe from one airport to a large airport hub, and then have to fire up a large number of smaller jets to spread pax around to several final destinations....

                              Then again, I don't know. I'm not widely known to be a great economic analyticist
                              Last edited by Sterkoder; December 16th, 2009, 23:25.
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