Static test complete

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.

Comments (11)

Jerry1t (New York N.Y.):

Good News.

Congratulations to all the engineers, managers and laborers who helped make this a success.

Congratulations to the Boeing Management for being forthright and making sure that safety is what comes first and restoring the idea that Boeing planes will be the best made planes in the world.

Now we look forward to flight preparations and a liftoff in December.....

Thiagarajan (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia):

Congratulations to all at Boeing and let me quote a inspiration line from a great President...

" I do the very best I know how--the very best I can;
and I mean to keep doing so until the end."


Congrats Boeing! Thanks Randy for the updates.

Ankih Fre (Seattle WA):

Yes, good news. Now we can see if this plastic can fly. It still is hard to believe that this piece of plastic can fly because of all the delays.

Angel (Murcia (Spain)):

It really is great news, is a new step that just given. Step by step first flight of this fantastic and revolutionary aircraft is closer to being a reality.

My congratulations to all the engineers, mechanics and Boeing employees on this achievement. Thanks to Randy for keeping us informed promptly.

A greeting from Spain.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Congratulations on reaching this milestone, and all the best with the results.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Congrats on the test results and especially the engineers and the assemblers on the floor who put together a fantastic and reliable product for us to fly.

Brenton Nelson (Mukilteo, WA):

Congrats to all 787 employees and those who worked so hard to complete this fix! Our fingers are crossed for good test results and are anxiously awaiting to see if dreams really do come true!

P.Sumantri (France):

Back in July 2009, I asked the question, "How bad is bad?" (click to read). The answer is clearly, "It's bad!"
But, it looks like you're making every endeavor to overcome the 787 troubles and your efforts seem to yield positive results.

Please let us know when the 787 completes another important milestone.

OMPM Srl Angri (Italy):

Great NEWS!!!!!!! We do we fly!!!

Tim Shumate (Clearfield, UT):

Will both Everett and Charleston support final assy for all passenger versions of B787? B787-8, B787-9 and (perhaps) B787-10?

How will the split on production be made? 50/50?



The plan is to assemble 787-8s in Charleston.

The baseline plan is to ramp up to 3 Dreamliners per month at Charleston and 7 Dreamliners per month in Everett to get to a total of 10 airplanes per month by 2013 - Everett and Charleston combined.

-- Randy Tinseth

G. Gibson (Houston):

Any video of the static test? If so where can we find it? In Houston we work space station and shuttle and don't see many of the BCA activities.

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