Mon, Jun 23, 2008
What's This... Actual MOVEMENT?
After months of delays, Boeing's troubled 787 Dreamliner program
appears to be finally -- and cautiously -- back on track.
One day after announcing the
successful power-on of the first 787 -- a
milestone Boeing accomplished two weeks ahead of its latest revised
schedule, though one year later than originally planned -- the
planemaker moved its static test airframe from the final assembly
building in Everett, WA to another production facility.
The move frees up room for the second flight-test 787 to move to
the production bay. The first Dreamliner remains in the
nose-to-door position and the third flight-test airplane is in the
first position. It will remain there until the fourth flight-test
airplane is ready for assembly to begin later this month.
If this sounds more like a logistics-related news item than a
purely aviation story, well... you're right, but it also marks
another milestone of sorts for the American planemaker.
After months of comparative inactivity -- as work crews
fretted to essentially rebuild the first 787, which was
unveiled last July -- the 787 production line is looking more and
more like, well, an actual aircraft production line.
For the Dreamliner's 58 customers, that can't come a moment too
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