I wanted to quickly update you on the completion of two milestones as we approach first flight of the 787 Dreamliner.
We’ve just announced completion of the final functional testing, also known as final gauntlet.
We’ve also completed our review and analysis of the static test (to validate the side-of-body modifications) - and the airplane structure is validated for first flight.
During the static test, the wing and trailing edges of the airframe were subjected to limit load - the highest loads expected to be seen in service. In this image the wing is successfully deflecting 18 feet, or 105% of the limit load. Anything over 100% is considered successful.
Coming next are final flight readiness reviews, receipt of documentation from the FAA, and taxi testing. Of course, both taxi testing and first flight of ZA001, the first Dreamliner, are subject to weather conditions.