Going though gauntlet

I know there’s been great interest in all the steps leading up to the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner.

So to help satisfy the craving for the latest news and images, we’ve made available a few new short videos that take you inside and outside Dreamliner #1 during gauntlet testing. The videos are available on the 787 Dreamliner Milestones site.


Click on the image to go straight to the 787 gauntlet test videos.

One video takes you through the recent journey from final paint touch up to first fuel and engine tests. A second video takes you inside the airplane during day and night intermediate gauntlet testing. And a third video profiles the team that’s working 24 hours a day to keep the tests going and the airplane running - their own personal gauntlet you might say.

Comments (8)

Tim (Baltimore Maryland):

Is it safe to say that the lessons learned and the learning curve that Boeing had to go through on the 787 program will be put to good use on future programs, and that even though a delayed program is not something that any airplane maker would want... the lessons are something of a asset.

Take for example ... the supplier integration center where you monitor all the suppliers around the world and keep a eye on world events that could effect the supply system i.e. floods, earthquakes, political unrest.

" Lost time is time that you can not get back , but, you can redeem the time that was lost by making good use of the future.... " as in ... having 3 shifts testing the 787 is a great Idea ...

Randy remember the movie ( Heart Break Ridge 1986 ) where Gunnery Sergeant Thomas " Gunny " Highway said of the Recon Unit " We're Marines, we're paid to adapt, to improvise " ... and in this uncertain world, and the economics, the financial world, competition, Boeing needs to " Adapt, Improvise "

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States.):

I like the videos and the information from the 787 Dreamliner Milestones and the New Airplane website.

It is easy to keep up with the progress and development of the first true airliner of the twenty first century.

Rebecca Vanderbilt (Santa Clara, CA):

Will there be a 787 test flight blog like what you had with 777-LR?


Hi Rebecca,

Actually, no flight test blog, but we will be updating our progress through Boeing.com and the Milestones site and here on Randy's Journal as well as newairplane.com.

-- Randy Tinseth

Bong (Costa Mesa, California):

Thanks for the continuous update! It's always great to hear updates straight from the source.


Kinbin (Taipei Taiwan):

Yes, vids on the recently completed gauntlet test! Charming, indeed! Well-done Randy!

And along with that the recently rising investor confidence, customer confidence, as well as stock prices.

martin nix:

We had a lot of lesson learned from the 777. Yet, the 777 came in on schedule on time, and worked as performed. Somehow those lessons were lost on the 787.


Remember the 787 is totally different than the 777 so it logical to have many new challenges to overcome.

Not only is the airplane material different driving many manufacturing breakthroughs so are the Engineering design tools and add global partnering to the mix a whole new set of lessons learned should be expected. Boeing will apply the lessons learned from the 787 on the next airplane.

The 787 will be a great plan for years to come once it gets into the air, through flight test and into service.

I am waiting with great expectations on the first flight and beyond.

RC (Idaho):

Question: You have identified a potential stress area on the side of the 787. GREAT. Better on the ground than at 36K! Will you now go back and look at your other models (737, etc.) and see if there are any weaknesses in similar areas, and if there are, give modification recommendations?

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