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User currently offlineCCA From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 928 posts, RR: 14
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 14231 times:

Anybody seen it or have any further news?

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Rolls-Royce buys flying test bed for future engine developments

13 June 2005

Rolls-Royce is converting a Boeing 747-200 to serve as a flying test bed for future engine development programmes.

The first engine to be tested on the aircraft, in mid 2007, will be the Trent 1000, currently being developed as launch engine for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The RB211-524C2-powered aircraft, acquired by Rolls-Royce from Air Atlanta Icelandic, is now in Texas, where it will be adapted by airframe integration specialists, L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, and will be based at the company's Waco facilities. It is currently being re-registered by Rolls-Royce as N787RR.

Clive Barton, Programme Manager, Trent 1000 Flying Test Bed, said: "Having our own aircraft gives Rolls-Royce total flexibility in the way future flight test programmes are planned. The Boeing 747 is an ideal test platform, because it can accommodate a wide range of engine sizes and thrusts which may be involved in future developments."

Airborne testing for all four previous versions of the Trent has been carried out using flying test beds owned by Airbus or Boeing.


The first Trent 1000 ran for the first time exactly on schedule on 14th February 2006. It will take to the skies on a Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 flying test bed in the first quarter of 2007 and, following certification by the airworthiness authorities, it will power the 787's first flight in mid-2007.

Here's a pic of what it should look like,



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User currently offlineSP90 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 13959 times:

So are they going to outfit all 4 pylons with the T1000 or just pylon #2 like the GE90-115B testbed?

User currently offlineAC320tech From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 13912 times:

Quoting SP90 (Reply 1):
So are they going to outfit all 4 pylons with the T1000 or just pylon #2 like the GE90-115B testbed?

More than likely it will be fitted with just one. I wonder if the Trent 1000 will dwarf the RB211's?

User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 13901 times:

I noticed on the EA GP7200 stand at Farnborough a sign emphasing how they tested their engine on their aircraft and not the airframe manufacturers!

Maybe that's why RR have finally got their own aircraft...

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