The gauntlet begins

The 787 team in Everett has begun what we call the “intermediate gauntlet” on Dreamliner #1 - and testing is now underway.

This means that over the next week or so, the team will really put ZA001 through its paces, simulating in-flight conditions ranging from long-duration standard flights to single and multiple systems failures.


ZA001 during the first engine run tests on May 21.

We’re getting closer to first flight, and the rigorous testing going on right now will help us determine whether the 787 is ready to fly. In the meantime, we don’t expect to be able to provide progress reports as testing continues over the next several days.

It’s going to take the team a little bit of time between the end of testing and the completion of their analysis for us to know the results. We’ll have an update when the intermediate gauntlet testing is complete.


A close-up look at one of the Rolls Royce engines during testing earlier in May. Click on the image to view a short video of the engine tests.

Of course, the purpose of the gauntlet testing - just like all the other tests conducted so far on the 787 Dreamliner - is to find issues and get them resolved before we’re in the air.

Comments (10)

Paulo M. (Johannesburg, RSA):

Let the games begin. :)

Great video - that's a great cockpit! Hopefully, the next next video you post allows us to better hear those Trent 1000's - or are they really that quiet? Nice one!

Kinbin (Taipei Taiwan):

Yeah, I echo Paulo. Great video, along with the cockpit ops.

New gen engines are indeed a marked improvement from the current with noise. Let's keep our fingers crossed on the SFC targets.

BTW, thanks for posting this on. With news of gauntlet testing being moved to the left, and additional 787 orders last week, things at the 787 are indeed looking up.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Great video, nice shot of the cockpit in operation. The 787 awakens and comes to life with the Trent 1000s running and the flight deck lighting up.


Wish folks on Macs could watch this video. Any chance of just using Flash to play video so anyone could see it? We are on Macs here at my office.

David Daugherty (Tucson, AZ):

Nice to see that this Boeing 787 bird is about to fly.

Ric (Boston):

Tom, download the following to view it on your Mac in QuickTime:

Robert (Everett WA):

For those interested in how loud the engines are at idle; I think a 777 APU is probably louder. Indeed they are very quiet.

Yas (Redmond, WA):

I could not open the movie even after installing the software that Ric from Boston recommended. But I was able to view the movie using Windows media player for Mac version 9.0.0 on my Macbook. You can get it here. But I agree with Tom that Flash video would be more universal than Windows video.

Mike (Derby, UK):

Ahhh, the start-up moan of the RB211 lives on, albeit much subdued and refined. Good times, indeed !

All this talk of quietness does take me back to a comment you made some time ago Randy, regarding when is quiet "too quiet?"

Can we expect piped Wal-Mart music as we glide through the skies ?!! ;-)

Rob (A different one) (Everett, WA, home of the 787):

This is going to be a thrill to watch and videotape for my UK aviation buddies online, who are equally eager to see the 787 fly, let alone see a good view on the ground.

The same anticipation is here as when the 777 was readying for its own first flight and I was there for that as well. This is a revolutionary plane, the first of its kind, but Boeing's always been the aerospace leader, with so many innovations; this one is perhaps the greatest one by virtue of its composite construction.

Burt Rutan's foray into the composites world proved that these materials are not just for general aviation, and to see commercial aviation revolutionised in this manner will be exciting to watch through its evolution process. Keep it up!

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