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Boeing Moves 787 Static Test Airframe To Testing Rig

Stress Testing To Start This Summer On Dreamliner

It was a small trip, but also a major leap. On Friday, Boeing moved the 787 Dreamliner static test airframe from its Final Assembly facility in Everett, WA to its structural test rig, located only 1,000 feet away from Final Assembly at the Everett factory.

While some assembly remains to be completed on the static airframe, Friday's move represents the imminent start of static testing of the first composite-bodied airliner. Test set up is expected to begin immediately, with tests commencing this summer.

"During static tests we apply loads to the airplane structure that simulate both normal operation as well as extreme flight conditions," said Randy Harley, vice president of Engineering & Technology for the 787 program. "We monitor the airplane to confirm analytical predictions and make sure the structure holds up to these conditions."

Boeing also notes movement of the static airframe clears the way to begin assembly of the third 787 to enter the flight test program. Most pieces of the third airplane arrived in Everett earlier this month.

All assemblies for Airplane #3 are now in Everett, and the airplane will be loaded into the first position of Final Assembly early next week.

FMI: www.boeing.com

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