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Dreamliner Four Begins Final Assembly (pics)  
User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11193 times:

Hey guys,

Just wrapped up the three part 787 program update.

Part three has a few exclusive images of Dreamliner Four assembly getting underway in Washington. Looks like it was taken a few days ago, because all the sections and wings have been loaded into the initial body join inside building 40-26. I feel like I keep saying it, but this is another critical milestone. Getting flight test aircraft in the door complete will allow for things to go smoother down the line. Also, notice the landing gear doors already installed on the nose of LN4.

Lastly, take a look at the giant white wings for LN7 in Japan. They paint them white for UV light protection so they won't have to wrap them in black plastic anymore. Soon we'll see white 787 sections rolling into Everett. The white paint is just primer for the later paint job that will go on after final assembly is done. Painting the wings before they get to Everett cuts about 20% off the painting time. I do wonder how much weight it actually adds though.

Onward (and soon upward),

IAD787

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...a-midsummer-dreamliner-update.html
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...midsummer-dreamliner-update-1.html
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...midsummer-dreamliner-update-2.html


Former FlightBlogger turned Wall Street Journal Aerospace Beat Reporter
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User currently offlineBrendows From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 1020 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11041 times:



Quoting IAD787 (Thread starter):
Also, notice the landing gear doors already installed on the nose of LN4.

I would also point to the center fuselage, which has lagged behind on the earlier frames when it comes to completeness. On that image, you can see the inlets for the ventilation system and other ducting that have been installed already.

The primer shouldn't weigh too much, considering that the paint on a 747 weighs about 1200lb.
Is it correct that Vought will paint section 47/48 in GA's facility?

Jon - do you know how far they have come along with ZY997 and ZY998 when it comes to getting them structurally complete and ready for static/fatigue testing?


As always, many thanks for your reports Jon, your job is highly appreciated by us all  wave 


User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 10977 times:



Quoting Brendows (Reply 1):
On that image, you can see the inlets for the ventilation system and other ducting that have been installed already.

I'm pretty sure that is the first aircraft to have a nearly complete wing to body fairing. I was looking through my photos from the past year and it looks like 2 was the first with the inlets, there's just a tons more wiring and other stuff in there. Those a/c packs are absolutely massive.

Quoting Brendows (Reply 1):
The primer shouldn't weigh too much, considering that the paint on a 747 weighs about 1200lb.
Is it correct that Vought will paint section 47/48 in GA's facility?

As far as I know, structural sections will be painted on site. I know that Spirit, Vought, MHI and GA will all have painting facilities. LN9901, which was a fatigue test barrel that went to BFI for testing, was painted in all white primer before it shipped to Everett.

Take a look:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl.../it-was-initially-reported-on.html

As far as ZY997 and ZY998, the last I heard was that both were being finished. ZY997 in particular had a bit of a ways to go. So, Boeing is wrapping up structural assembly inside the test rig. Zy998 isn't outside yet, and is still being worked on on the 767 line. I *think* testing gets underway in the next quarter, but don't quote me on that.

And lastly, thank you to all of you! I always remember that A.net users gave me everything I have today. In no uncertain terms, it's where I started! A.netter makes good, or something like that.



Former FlightBlogger turned Wall Street Journal Aerospace Beat Reporter
User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10644 times:



Quoting Brendows (Reply 1):
As always, many thanks for your reports Jon, your job is highly appreciated by us all

Yes indeed, an outstanding report. Thank you !!


User currently offlineIAD787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10192 times:



Quoting MarcoPoloWorld (Reply 3):
Yes indeed, an outstanding report. Thank you !!

Thank you!

Ps. ZA001 was jacked up off its landing gear last night to begin gear swing tests on the hydraulic system soon.



Former FlightBlogger turned Wall Street Journal Aerospace Beat Reporter
User currently offlineReltney From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 209 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9727 times:



Quoting Brendows (Reply 1):

The primer shouldn't weigh too much, considering that the paint on a 747 weighs about 1200lb.
Is it correct that Vought will paint section 47/48 in GA's facility?

I think you are incorrect. When Eastern started polishing the planes Delta did a study and figured on a 1011 the DRY weight savings if they did not paint the fuselage was 187lbs. The paint when applied was over 1000lbs but within a week it fell to its dry weight.

I just did a before and after painting weight check on my neighbors RV-7 and the before and after weight was less than 2 lbs and there was lots of paint applied. He was worried because of the amount of paint required and I laughed and brought out my digital plane scales to prove it.

Airliners these days do get painted in fun and wacko liverys but the weight is so minimal. Anyone have some facts on dry paint weights. Opinions don't count.

Cheers



I am a pilot, therefore I envy no one...
User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9510 times:

How dangerous is the issue with the brake software?


Could there be delays just because of a software issue, that seems minor to me. Sure the brakes are important and have to work properly for first taxi tests, or even more for flight tests, but i don't see a real difference between the brake software on other airplanes.


If Shanahan would tell us they have problems with the software and or electronic parts which start the engines, because it is the first time they using a bleedless design i would think: "Well, new technology, experience will solve the problems with time going on." But in this case i don't see a technology step-up...


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9274 times:

So after all the talk of the suppliers and subs being the cause of all the problems, ultimately they are now considered up to speed, and now it's the "old school" employees at Boeing in Washington who are behind the curve. At least according to Shanahan.


Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineEA772LR From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7984 times:



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 7):
So after all the talk of the suppliers and subs being the cause of all the problems, ultimately they are now considered up to speed, and now it's the "old school" employees at Boeing in Washington who are behind the curve. At least according to Shanahan.

 checkmark  Perhaps it's a good thing and more manageable to have the issues right there in Washington, as opposed to the other side of the world?? Or perhaps I'm overly optimistic...

Quoting Brendows (Reply 1):
As always, many thanks for your reports Jon, your job is highly appreciated by us all wave

Diddo! Thanks so much for the updates Jon!  thumbsup 



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