Boeing completed static testing necessary to validate modifications made on the side of the 787 Dreamliner’s fuselage.
The company expects a full analysis of the test results in about 10 days. The tests are key to whether the Dreamliner will be able to make its first flight planned this month. A successful test result will clear the way for the flight.
The test on the 787 static test airframe subjected the wing and trailing edges of the airframe to its limit load — the highest loads expected to be seen in service. The load is about the same as 2.5 times the force of gravity for the wing.
In June, Boeing announced that it needed to reinforce an area of structure at the side-of-body section of the 787. It was the latest delay of a program now two years behind schedule. The modification entailed installing new fittings at 34 stringer locations within the joint where the wing is attached to the fuselage. They were completed on the first two flight-test airplanes and the full-scale static test airplane in November.