Boeing 787 may not fly this year

Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:13 AM
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Boeing 787 may not fly this year

Boeing 787 may not fly this year
By Dominic Gates

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

The structural flaw that delayed the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner is more complex than originally described by the company, and the plane's inaugural takeoff is likely at least four to six months away, say two engineers with knowledge of Boeing's problem.

"It's got to take at least three to four months just to get something installed on an airplane," said a structures engineer who has been briefed on the issue. "It's definitely a costly fix to go and do this work." ........(more)

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martytravels is offline  
Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:36 AM
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Thanks. I had read an article on this problem, but it wasn't as detailed. Just more delays. Not good.
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Jul 23rd, 2009, 12:37 AM
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On a thread from last year, I did predict delivery to the first customer as the 1st quarter of 2011, even now, that's starting to look optimistic.

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Jul 25th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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There's no rush. Better to do it right than to do it soon. Existing fleets can fly for another 40 years without any trouble at all.
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Jul 25th, 2009, 03:26 PM
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As an engineer myself I'm still not convinced of the reliability of composite construction.....
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