This is from Fairchild-Dornier´s press release section:
First Fairchild Dornier 728 Nears Completion; Moves on Landing Gear for First Time
OBERPFAFFENHOFEN, Germany (January 17, 2002) - The first prototype of the new Fairchild Dornier 728 traveled on its own landing gear for the first time this week. During upcoming final assembly, the empennage and engines will be installed and the aircraft will be painted and prepared for first flight.
"Nearly all structural work has been completed, and the fuselage and wing assemblies now form a single unit," said Ralf Drees, head of 728 production. The "marry up" in mid-December saw the joining of the major fuselage sections. A total of 6,000 rivets were used for butt joining the areas where the three fuselage sections overlap. With its removal from the assembly jig at the beginning of this week, not only did the first prototype stand on its legs for the first time, but also space was made available for assembly of the second aircraft, whose major components are ready and waiting. A total of six prototypes will be built before series production of the 728 begins.
The next milestones for the first prototype are completion of the wings and installation of the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, tailcone, engines, doors and windows. Tests of major systems, such as hydraulics and landing gear, will begin in about two weeks.
Official roll out of the first 728 is planned for late March, with the first flight to follow in the spring. The maiden flight will take place at the company airfield at Oberpfaffenhofen.
Deliveries will begin in mid-2003 to Lufthansa CityLine. Fairchild Dornier has orders and options for 289 728 Family aircraft.
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