Aeropiggot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5306 times:
FREDERICKSON, Wash., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) celebrated roll out of the first vertical fin for the company's all-new commercial airplane, the 787 Dreamliner. Manufactured and assembled at the Composite Manufacturing Center in Frederickson, Wash., the vertical fin is the largest primary structure of the 787 airframe built by an internal Boeing supplier. The delivery meets a key program milestone as the airplane begins final assembly in Everett, Wash., in preparation for its initial roll out in July.
Legoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3311 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5293 times:
All these 787 parts are getting quite exciting. The nose section, the APU cone, and the engines (GEnx) have all been revealed and with the tail fin been rolled out next week, only the wings and the middle section remain!
Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
Rheinbote From Germany, joined May 2006, 1968 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4517 times:
The way it is assembled (no jig) suggests to me that the components are pre-drilled. Or is it locator holes for determinate assembly only? Can anyone of the Boeing guys shed some light on this? I think I can spot pre-drilled holes in the flanges of the C-spars on image K63972, but I don't see many holes anywhere else.
Deaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1424 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4478 times:
"The tail fin will arrive at the Everett plant on a truck. The much bigger composite wings and fuselage sections manufactured by Boeing's partners will make a more dramatic appearance -- in Boeing's big, ugly airplane known as the Large Cargo Freighter, a modified 747."
HAHA....The boeing fans aint gonna like that statement too much! just amusing!
I want every single airport and airplane in India to be on A.net!
Astuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9834 posts, RR: 96
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
Quoting Rheinbote (Reply 9): The way it is assembled (no jig) suggests to me that the components are pre-drilled. Or is it locator holes for determinate assembly only?
Jigged drilling should be pretty passe these days. Electronic measurement and analysis should enable extremely accurate "right-first-time" fitting without the need for jigs.
(Of course you might still need jigs for other reasons..)
If us shipbuilding dinosaurs can do it, you cutting edge airframers should be able to