Gauntlet testing of ZA001, the first 787, has started in Everett.
You may remember that earlier this year, I explained that these tests simulate flying conditions and put the systems through their most robust integration testing before flight – essentially to ensure the flight readiness of the airplane’s systems.
Final gauntlet testing underway this week on ZA001.
Since the earlier gauntlet and during the last several months, we made some improvements to further expand the airplane’s systems while the team worked through strengthening the side-of-body joint.
What this means is that we need to run some of the tests again. The earlier final gauntlet testing lasted more than a week. It won’t run that long this time. I’ll let you know when it’s complete.