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The completion of the 787 first power-on
sets the stage for the next phase of the Dreamliner's march toward first flight. The milestone was met to the day according to sources familiar with the schedule.
The initial power-on testing began on June 11
and wrapped up yesterday. The testing, according to one program source, went more smoothly than initially anticipated. The program staffer stated that, "This is one thing [Boeing] thought was going to be a major issue in our program." The staffer added that Boeing never expected problems to crop up in the supply chain.
Gauntlet testing is next on the agenda for Dreamliner One. The aircraft's computer system will be fooled into thinking its flying to simulate every imaginable phase of flight, as well as a myriad of potential failures.
"That's really when the fun starts, we can really see how stable the airplane is. So, are there any problems that need to be resolved?" 787 VP and General Manager Pat Shanahan said in mid-May. "Guess what, there will be lots of those," he added. "And the idea is none of them will be severe...I expect people run in every half hour and they'll drop their grenade, then we'll dispatch the right people and we'll go resolve those issues."
For months, Boeing had planned its timeline around the completion of first power-on for ZA001. With this task now complete, the fatigue aircraft (ZY998) will be moved this evening (June 20) to the 767 line, then later to the fatigue rig for testing. The open assembly station will allow ZA002 and ZA003 to move to the third and second assembly stations respectively.CONTINUED BELOW (WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS)
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Fri, Jun 20 2008 9:22 PM
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