Looks to be the start of another busy week already. We’ve just completed the static test on the 787 Dreamliner.
This was the test we needed to conduct to validate the side-of-body modifications we recently completed on the first two flight test airplanes and on the full-scale static test airframe.
A view of the 787 static airframe in the Everett factory.
In Monday’s test, the wing and trailing edges of the static test airframe were subjected to what we call “limit load.” This is the highest load expected to be seen in service – about 2.5 times the force of gravity on the wing.
No results to report right now. It will take about 10 days to evaluate the data. The airplane did go to limit load as intended, but we’re not going to characterize the results in any way until the analysis is complete.
As you’re aware, a successful result is needed to clear the Dreamliner for first flight before the end of the year.