A380900 From France, joined Dec 2003, 1087 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3458 times:
It looks like everything is ready in Toulouse for the first assembly, after the three pieces of the fuselage, the first wings have arrived with "God save the Queen" playing in the assembly hall!
Wings arrive at Lagardère assembly hall in Toulouse
“God Save The Queen” rang out through Toulouse’ Jean-Luc Lagardère assembly hall as the first A380 set of wings arrived at their final destination.
Designed and built in Airbus’ UK plants, the wings arrived just after midnight on 23 April 2004 after a three-day journey on the road between Langon and Toulouse. They were unloaded and transferred to the assembly hall where work on joining them to the central fuselage began immediately. The 45m long, 12m high wings will form part of the A380 static test aircraft.
What are these static tests about? Will we see a complete aircraft on its wheels? Will there be a roll out, even if the plane will not ever fly? If so, we'll see the beast fairly soon! Even if there is no roll out, they'll have to move it around Toulouse to static tests facility.
I don't recall having seen a first 747 that never flew. Isn't it odd to use the first prototype for static tests? Is it the rule? What's the history on this, at airbus but also at boeing or any other manufacturer? Anyone?
You can see the pics of the wings in the assembly hall here: http://www.airbus.com/airbus4u/photo_album.asp
Ruscoe From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1469 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3225 times:
I think the static test plane is tested to destruction, hence no flying. aso unlikely it will ever be painted.
I think it is fairly routine to test the first of a new model this way. I remember seing a video of the 777 static test craft having its wing bent until it snapped.
I suppose they have to get confirm the engineers got the calculatons correct.
GREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 506 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
The A340 was tested until the wings snapped. And just because UA had the first 777 in the world in commercial use it does not mean it was the first created ever. Many would on been created for testing reasons.
Cadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2932 times:
Boeing built 2 static test airframes for the 777. One of these had the wings snapped off in January 1995 (they were pulled 24ft above their normal position at the time).
This comes from 'Boeing 777' by Bruce Campion-Smith (ISBN 0711025045)
Geizistgeil From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
I just started reading a book about history of the jumbo, called "Boeing 747 - design and development since 1969" and it says:
"The third and sixth structurally complete 747s never flew but became the static- and fatigue-test airframes, respectively". Static, or "torture", testing began in early 1969 with the airframe being pulled, twisted, and stretched to see if anything "gave".
Finally, in Feb 1979, the starboard wing was deflected upwards 29 feet and snapped when stresses reached 116.7 percent of ultimate design load. [...] The fatigue airframe, located in an outdoor rig, began simulated flight cycles at the beginning of 1970"
"If the Wright brothers were alive today. Wilbur would have to fire Orville to reduce costs" (H. Kelleher)
Cadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1885 times:
I thought these were just structural test frames? As in no systems, no wiring, no engines; only critical airframe components like wings, wingbox, ext.
The book I was referencing only refers to two 'airframes' taken from the production line. Engines are specified as absent. The photo shows a complete fuselage with wings and vertical tail attached. There is no horizontal tail, and no sign of any movable surfaces being fitted.
The systems of the 777 were tested both individually and all together in the 'Integrated Aircraft Systems Laboratory', a three storey, $360 million centre also known as 'Airplane Zero'.