Davidlc3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 341 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3950 times:
Had the pleasure of taking the Boeing tour today (first time in about 20 years!) and was thrilled to see the world's first Dreamliner on the production line. From our vantage point it looks to be about 1/2 complete. The fuselage from wing position forward was in place - wings and aft are not yet attached. At this stage the composite materials look more like cardboard when compared to the "green" planes on the 777 line.
I guess I never noticed from all of the renderings the missing side windows in the cockpit as there are only 4 windows compared with 6 in most Boeing a/c.
Also, in the nifty new tour center they have alot of 787 "stuff" including a partial cabin mock up - very cool!
In speaking to the tour guide I asked when they would announce a 2nd production line. She said they are awaiting info on a military tanker contract that would fill the 767 line and if they did not get the biz they would hopefully turn the 767 line into a 2nd 787 line....all conjecture of course.
Across the viewing plattform was the 777 line with 6 frames in various forms including another AC, a Jet Airways and an Air India (2 Air Indias were on the delivery line.) Jet had their F/C pods on the floor ready to install - very cool.
Also got to see an AC 777 take off - not sure if it was on delivery or within its 12 hours of test flights...still cool to see a brand new bird take flight.
This is my first post to a.net so my apologies if this topic has been covered...last post I saw was from about a month ago.
Davidlc3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3823 times:
Yep - just found his website...very cool and much more detail that I was (not) able to see. Unfortunately the bird is still at the 1st position on the floor and the obs deck for visitors is more in line with the 4th position so we could only see so much. It was killing me to be so close yet so far....
I did love walking through the cabin mockup. the overhead bins were truly amazing - very low profile and HUGE when opened!
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3529 times:
Quoting Davidlc3 (Reply 6): According to our tour guide all a/c under go a series of tests prior to delivery. First test is a brake test on the runway - they power down the runway to landing speed then throw on the brakes.
After that they do 2 - 3 flights for a total of about 12 hours of total test flight time before they turn over the a/c to their new proud owners
Thanks for the info. The company I worked for did the same, two to three flight tests before delivery, but they were closer to 6 hours total.