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I am sure this a relief to all that have worked on this program, such as myself.
So when is the first deliverable B787 supposed to have it’s first flight?
Line 8 (ZA101) is supposed to have its first flight near the first of September although the date is a little fluid.
I missed the point when they changed the orientation of the gear trucks! (Level, instead of front boogies higher than rear. They are changed, aren’t they?)
Big congratulations, Plastic is Fantastic!
And now, the world’s attention shifts to manufacturing… Good luck to them!
Watch this stock soar when they star releasing all those planes that are sitting on the tarmac in Everett.
They never changed the landing gear truck tilt. The main gear doors are open indicating they are in the retract cycle. Part of the retraction is for the trucks to tilt to near level to allow retraction.
Congratulations to Boeing, great work.
All yours, Jon. This was the thing that put you on the map and made me a lifetime fan of yours.
Kinda cool when you think about it: You singlehandedly brought the Internet Age to a secretive process and drove an aerospace giant absolutely crazy doing it!
Tip of the hat to you, sir!
About (supply your own deletable expletive) time. The program burned out a bunch of engineers and managers. Myself included. Saying it was a difficult program is gross understatement. Jon your reporting from outside the gate, as it were, is to be congratulated.
I’ll second RobH……..And it will be nice to see what your own venture will bring in the future. As far as I’m concerned, “You’re Certified”!
Congrats to all involved. Who is the 2nd customer? Is it Air India? When is Air India getting delivery of its first 787? Will atleast 5 aircraft be delivered to various airlines in 2011?
Hahah, get a room RobH!
Congratulations Boeing! A few lessons learned here
Congratulations to Boeing and all of their supply chain for achieving ths important milestone!
When will the maximum wing load test be ? Are they going to brake ZA001 or maybe only fixed prototype ?
They’ve already done that test on the static platform. It was done early in the flight test program.
oh yeah, remember.
Do you remember what was the max load when B787 wing broke ?
During B777 certification wing achived 154 percent of the designed limit load.
3 years late dreamliner
early units resale value zero
The wing was tested to the max required 150% test load. Any thing beyond that is excess weight in the airplane. One could argue that more is better. Meeting the FAA/EASA requirement is the requirement.
You or I might be delighted with a product that far exceeds the specification. If it costs us a lot more maybe not so delighted. I never ever want to be on an airplane that is exposed to 1.5 max required load. Something very bad is happening.
In the case of a large transport category airplane more weight means more fuel burn higher landing fees and increased operating costs. One of those old adages… Anyone can design something that lasts forever. It takes a helluva good engineer to design something that breaks the day after the warranty expires.
The Boeing structures team has a bunch of really fine talent.
Thank you sir.
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