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787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI  
User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6689 times:

Tons more information to share. We have an airplane!

- All windows have been installed.
- Main gear are lifted in position and installation is underway and being worked on as I type.
- Installation will be complete by the morning of June 24.
- Left engine has been installed. Right engine in position for installation.
- The inboard flaps and main gear doors must be installed after the main gear installation is complete.

As always, tons of details, pictures and info on the recipient of the second production 787 are at my site:

http://flightblogger.blogspot.com

or directly to the assembly page

http://flightblogger.blogspot.com/2007/05/building-dreamliner.html

Onward,

IAD787

PS. Paint shop by Monday or Tuesday.


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User currently offlineBringiton From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6563 times:

Thats great , i hope they show some pics of it on its own feet with the engines

User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2968 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6319 times:

Almost done!  Smile Will be great to see the plane soon - and hopefully all over airports in the world by next year. I know that they'll be here for sure.


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User currently offlineMaersk737 From Denmark, joined Feb 2004, 702 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6293 times:

It's like X-mas, when I was a boy  Wink We can't wait any longer now  Silly

Cheers

Peter



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User currently offlineTrent900 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

I must say its looking very impessive. Going to be interesting watching this bird take to the skies.

Keep up the good work IAD787, looking forward to the next update (and pics if possible).

D.


User currently offlineBoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6151 times:

IAD787, thank you for this great coverage of the completion of the 787 assembly!

I have some detailed questions though:

It looks like the 787 have a big Aspect Ratio compared to previous models, is this so? Or am I seing the wing with the flaps not mounted, and getting a wring impression?

Also, what is the wing sweep in this baby?

What kind of high lift devices will be used (both leading and trailing edge)?



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User currently offlineNADC10Fan From United States of America, joined May 2005, 165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 5942 times:

What I've seen has been wonderful ... and like everyone else, IAD, I can't thank you enough for bringing this to table in such detail.

I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop, are there ANY images of it out there of the naked, wholly constructed 787? I looked up and down your site and couldn't find any, haven't seen any reference here on A.net and could search any up.

Keep up the good work!



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User currently offlineAirlineAddict From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5774 times:
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IAD787,

I noticed you removed the delivery date of the next shipset from Vought. It originally stated June 19 - 21. Any new news?


User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5670 times:

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Reply 5):
It looks like the 787 have a big Aspect Ratio compared to previous models, is this so? Or am I seing the wing with the flaps not mounted, and getting a wring impression?

Also, what is the wing sweep in this baby?

What kind of high lift devices will be used (both leading and trailing edge)?

I would ask someone that actually works on the program. I'd be curious to hear the answers if you find them.

Quoting NADC10Fan (Reply 6):
I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop, are there ANY images of it out there of the naked, wholly constructed 787?

I wish! If' I get them you'll know about them. The engines and gear only went on yesterday. I haven't seen pictures of the attached tail section either.

Quoting AirlineAddict (Reply 7):
I noticed you removed the delivery date of the next shipset from Vought. It originally stated June 19 - 21. Any new news?

Well it looks like LCF2 is leaving Charleston this morning and heading for Italy. Not sure what it's picking up. However, my guess is that it is probably the horizontal tail plane for the static test frame (ZY997), seeing how Section 43, 44, 45, 46 are all in Charleston already.

LN2 is still very much scattered around the world. I'll, as always, will keep you posted.



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User currently offlineDL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4952 times:

i have way too many things to wait for! the iphone comes out in a couple days then this awesome plane! i want to be there for the roll out!

User currently offlineMCIGuy From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1936 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

I'm going to guess that photos will be scarce now, if not non-existent. I have a feeling they'll keep the completed bird under wraps until two weeks from tomorrow, I couldbe wrong though.  Smile


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User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Has the date for the first flight already been decided?

Cheers

RS



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User currently offlineSirOmega From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3308 times:

Quoting IAD787 (Reply 8):
Well it looks like LCF2 is leaving Charleston this morning and heading for Italy. Not sure what it's picking up. However, my guess is that it is probably the horizontal tail plane for the static test frame (ZY997), seeing how Section 43, 44, 45, 46 are all in Charleston already.

I'm trying to figure out why it flew to Charleston for a week, and then flew to Italy from there. Did it bring something back to Charleston? Equipment? Engineers?


User currently offlineAviationNut From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2913 times:

I have just have to say brilliant information and Photos IAD787.

Keith, Perth Western Australia.  Big grin



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21516 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Quoting SirOmega (Reply 12):
I'm trying to figure out why it flew to Charleston for a week, and then flew to Italy from there. Did it bring something back to Charleston? Equipment? Engineers?

Well, doesn't it have to pick up the "dollies and trucks" for lack of better terminology and bring them back to Italy? Or are they just going to stack them up in vacant lots like they do containers outside Long Beach...  Wink



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User currently offlineSirOmega From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 735 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
Well, doesn't it have to pick up the "dollies and trucks" for lack of better terminology and bring them back to Italy? Or are they just going to stack them up in vacant lots like they do containers outside Long Beach...

Yea, but does it take a week to pack up said items? And I'd also figure that they'd have more than one set given the amount of equipment that'll be flying around by the end of this year. Plus you're better of flying back a few sets at a time.


User currently offlineThebry From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
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Quoting IAD787 (Thread starter):
- Left engine has been installed. Right engine in position for installation.



Quoting NADC10Fan (Reply 6):
I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop

I was just on the Boeing factory tour today (Saturday, 23 June). We got to see both the 777 and 787 assembly lines. The 787 is just about complete. I was so impressed with this bird. It was really satisfying since all I'd seen to date were computer simulations of the completed plane. A couple of things of note:

- The plane is not yet in the paint shop. It's still in the factory.
- Both engines appear to be installed now, but the cowling was not (cowlings were standing near the plane on a palette -- the chevrons of the trailing edge looked cool!)
- Vertical stabilizer has been installed and it appears the entire tail section has been connected as well
- It didn't appear to be standing on it's own gear yet, as the lower parts of the plane were still surrounded with scaffolding.
- It's obvious they've sanded portions of the exterior, because it's no longer as shiny as it looked in earlier pictures.

The wings on this plane look amazing -- the subtle upturned wingtips are very cool looking in person. I also noticed that the doors and windows are visibly larger than those of the 777. It was easy to compare since the manufacturing lines are right next to one another (777 / 787). Incidentally, there were four 777's under construction (one for Air India, two for Air Canada and one for Jet Airways).

I also got to see (and touch) a test 787 composite fuselage barrel in the Future of Flight museum. What an amazing experience. Great day overall. I was hoping to have seen the Dreamlifter, but the tour guide said both planes are out picking up parts for the next aircraft.


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