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Turboprop Lancair For 787 Program: Is This A Joke?  
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Hi,

searching for 787 pictures, and I came across this in the a.net database:


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The photo caption says "N752BX 787 test bed. Flys as Boeing 52X and gets the job done with a 350 bhp lump and lots of other goodies."

Huh?

Why would Boeing need a GA plane to complete flight testing for the 787 program? Is this a chase plane or something, or is it carrying out some other sort of mystery testing?


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User currently offlineNwAflyer07 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Perhaps for avionics systems? I dont know too much about aircraft manufacturing but perhaps some minor gauges/systems are being fitted on smaller aircraft for testing.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2692 times:



Quoting NwAflyer07 (Reply 1):
Perhaps for avionics systems? I dont know too much about aircraft manufacturing but perhaps some minor gauges/systems are being fitted on smaller aircraft for testing.

There was a CV-580 doing extensive pattern work here at PDX about a year ago, and people were saying that that bird was a flying testbed for the 787 Avionics..



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31420 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2674 times:
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Boeing also used an AA 77E to test the 787 "electronic flight bag" or somesuch system.

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