Seems unlikely. RR are moving all their flight testing to a new centre in the US. Moreover, when it suits them, RR like to emphasise that they are an international or even a partly US company rather than a purely British one. And, in fairness, they are - not least after taking over Alison. The plane will be registered N787RR. Perhaps it'll be at Farnborough next year or at Paris in 2007.
GE have an old 747-100 (interestingly, with PW JT9s) as a testbed. PW don't have their own 747, do they?
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6364 times:
US real estate at airports is easier to come by than in the UK!
America has the benefits of plentiful, economical parking and also some nice long runways in deserted (or close to) locations, which is what you need for testing experimental engines. Flying engines on an A340 out of Toulouse isn't really ideal.
Testbeds also sit for long periods between operations, and that's a factor too.
WhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5745 times:
Quoting PM (Reply 2): . PW don't have their own 747, do they
Interestingly enough when PW did the testing on the PW4000 for the 777 they used the City Of Everett, Boeing's prototype 747.
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 10): They are doing a conversion. Think it will entail adding a cargo door so they would be able to haul spare engines around as well as test them?
The Russians are doing a lot of engine hauling at the moment, if Rolls modify a pylon on their 747 for testing then they would need to modify it back again to refit the RB211 as well as subsystems in order to shoot across the pond for transporting new engines to test.
It may be more convenient to just use existing carriers to ship engines out to the test site. Even FedEx or UPS can haul engines for airlines if needed.