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Assembly Of First 787

Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:37 am

The modular nature and global supply chain of the 787 makes for an exciting chance; one can follow assembly of the first airplane more closely than previous airliners, since completion and shipment of subcomponents will probably be more public. For example, we know that several parts have already been lifted to Charleston.

A few weeks ago, a thread on the 787 included postings about where some of the bits are. With encouragement from that, and after additional internet news research, I've pieced together the following

First 787 assembly

Does anyone have further details?


(P.S. if you know how to insert the graphic directly into the post, that is appreciated. I've tried following the ANet directions, but have not been able to get it to work using the posting site I'm using).
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:54 am

Go straight to the source: movements of the 747 LCF freighters.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE876
(only one is on US soil at this time... I was told the two others would eventually operate as BOE632 and BOE631)

Until the first 787 comes together, the LCF must make some key flights:
Japan (wings)
Wichita (forward fuselage)
Italy (rear fuselage sections going to Charleston)
Charleston (assembled mid + rear fuselage)

As far as I can tell none of these have happened yet, but they must all be slated for this month.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:27 am

Quoting Jet-lagged (Thread starter):
First 787 assembly

That is nice. Could you make the chart into a PDF? The JPG is harder to look at.

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 1):
Until the first 787 comes together, the LCF must make some key flights:
Japan (wings)

It has been rumored that the LCF will be back at NGO for to pick up the wings this month. There has been a rumor that it will be back here in the middle to end of the month. Not much meat to this rumor but it has been mentioned here and there. There were some problems in Japan but were sorted out quickly. (Read that in a Seattle newspaper article online months ago)

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 1):
Italy (rear fuselage sections going to Charleston)

This was an issue. Italy was behind and Boeing sent a "small army" of engineers to fix it. (Read that in the same Seattle newspaper article online months ago)

Charleston has a website dedicated to the construction of the 787.
The South Carolina Site It hasn't been updated since January 5th.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:40 am

Here is just a diagram to show where everything will end up going.
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b154/Kaitak744/1168365002B4lNj9.gif
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b154/Kaitak744/1168364989YxkQPb.gif
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:46 am

The main wing-body join is in April and by the end of May Boeing will have three 787s assembled, 2 flying test birds and one for the Iron Maiden.

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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:50 am

I think March will be key where all the piece start coming to together and the main final assembly process will take place in April. As FXRamper said they'll have three birds putogether, two test flight articles and the Iron Maiden bird that will tested to destruction. I think afte April you'll find that prouduction should quickly ramp up from there with about dozen or so 787 assembled by the end of the year. By EIS Boeing should have about 30 787s assembled.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:02 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 5):
I think afte April you'll find that prouduction should quickly ramp up

It is my understanding that the 787 will use a true assembly line (like the 737) where the aircraft never stops moving until complete. If my understanding is correct, does anyone know when the assembly line becomes continuous? I would expect that for the first X number of aircraft it will behave more like the traditional fixed position system of the past while they hammer out the process.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:05 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 5):
By EIS Boeing should have about 30 787s assembled.

EIS = Entry into service = Must-have certification. Wasn't Boeing talking about building something on the order of around 90 birds and parking them until certification was completed?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:14 pm

Jet-lagged,

Nice work.

I would really appreciate it if you would post any updates to this document. It is the best description yet of where everything is really at.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:24 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 5):
By EIS Boeing should have about 30 787s assembled.

Remarkable.

So this means the 747LCFs will be very busy this month.

1) Fly to Italy
2) Fly Italian parts to Charleston
3) Fly to Japan
4) Fly wing to Everett
5) Fly to Spirit
6) Fly forward section to Everett
7) Fly to Charleston
8) Fly Vought/Alenia sections to Everett

I think that covers the LCF movement. Anything missed? It is now March 5th in Japan. 26 days till the end of the month. It took the LCF only 24 hours to arrive at NGO, load sections and depart for the US.
It takes 11 hours to fly from NGO-SEA (winds permitting).
It would takes between 13-14 hours from NGO to Charleston.
?6-8 hours from Charleston to Southern Italy
?5 hours from Charleston to Everett
?4 hours from Wichita to Everett
Add in 24 hours at each non-US location, add 8-10 hours at each US location and double the travel time (RT).

I figure about 5-6 days to get Italy and Japan parts and 3-4 days for US parts with 1 LCF. With two halve those numbers. With three 1/3 of the numbers. Basically if LCFs are moving a part from Italy, from Japan and parts in the US, and if the companies stay on schedule, mind boggled!

Impressive! Most Impressive!

How are the main landing gear being flown from Glouchester to Wichita and Everett. Seems the LCF would be overkill. The chart says "flown" so are they flown by regular oversized cargo?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:39 pm

Not wanting to hijack your thread but just a related question which is not important enough to create a new thread for.

Are the LCF's exploited by a separate company that has an exclusivity contract with Boeing for the 787 parts, and if so does it also fly "normal" out-sized freight for other customers besides Boeing when they are not needed for 787 transport.

Just wanted to know because I have seen the Beluga's doing some transport (helo's and such) besides the work they usually do for Airbus.
Now I think of it I guess the question also is valid for the Belugas, are they from the Airbus company or also exploited by a third party?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:27 pm

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 11):
Are the LCF's exploited by a separate company that has an exclusivity contract with Boeing for the 787 parts, and if so does it also fly "normal" out-sized freight for other customers besides Boeing when they are not needed for 787 transport.

Been asked some times but always good to review. The LCF is being flown with Boeing Numbers but operated by Evergreen which won a contract to fly it. It has one purpose...move 787 parts. As you can see by the charts and my rough numbers, they will be very very busy. But maybe if things slow down or another LCF is put into service (4th one), the LCF could be used for other projects.

The Belugas have been used for humanitary operations and the LCF could certainly hold a lot of things, if it was needed for massive relief ops the LCF could be put into that job. But as for now...787 until it can't fly anymore.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:56 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 2):
It has been rumored that the LCF will be back at NGO for to pick up the wings this month. There has been a rumor that it will be back here in the middle to end of the month. Not much meat to this rumor but it has been mentioned here and there.

It's more than a rumor; it's an absolute precondition to the first 787 being assembled on schedule. Before they can join the wing to the fuselage, they have to install quite a few components on the wing, so it will have to arrive in Everett well before the join operation in April.

Exciting times; I can't wait to see it all put together!
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:38 pm

Quoting WingedMigrator (Reply 13):
It's more than a rumor; it's an absolute precondition to the first 787 being assembled on schedule. Before they can join the wing to the fuselage, they have to install quite a few components on the wing, so it will have to arrive in Everett well before the join operation in April.

But it has not been set in stone yet. It was originally set to come the first time the first week of January but didn't come for another 10 days due to some kind of shutter or something like that. They have had a slight delay in certification as was reported in the Seattle Newspaper. It was rumored to come in the middle of this month. But it might end up being a little later...closer to the end of April. As long as the first 787 is assembled by the end of April they are still on schedule.

They are supposed to have 3 birds assembled by May means the two LCFs will need to fly to Japan another 5 months in the next 6-8 weeks. Then it will have to go weekly to finish 90 by EIS.

By the way...what airport does the LCF fly into in Italy?

Any Boeing folks know of the next estimated date of the LCF in Japan? (Please be March 23rd)

Hey Jet-lagged your chart rocks, see if you can keep this and the thread one going. Maybe we can have just this thread to track the first 787. Totally exciting! Too bad we don't have any A.netters here in NGO with good enough cameras to get photos uploaded. Parking lot 3 shot is just around 200 meters to the loading area.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:48 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 5):
By EIS Boeing should have about 30 787s assembled.

I'm wondering how they're going to find enough room on the flight line for 30 787s, and a couple of 744s, 767s and a bunch of 777s  boggled  There were about ~25 741s on the flight line at the same time in early 1970, and the flight line was completely full then.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:53 pm

Quoting ArniePie (Reply 11):
Are the LCF's exploited by a separate company that has an exclusivity contract with Boeing for the 787 parts, and if so does it also fly "normal" out-sized freight for other customers besides Boeing when they are not needed for 787 transport.

Beoing gave a contract to Evergreen International to run the planes for them. don't know if they are allowed to run other operations
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:05 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 14):
By the way...what airport does the LCF fly into in Italy?

I imagine Taranto-Grottaglie since it is closest to the Alenia plant.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:09 pm

Quoting Brendows (Reply 15):
I'm wondering how they're going to find enough room on the flight line for 30 787s, and a couple of 744s, 767s and a bunch of 777s There were about ~25 741s on the flight line at the same time in early 1970, and the flight line was completely full then.

They're going to put them into every parking spot on the Everett ramp is my understanding. I beleive they have about 26 spots. Perhaps the pre-delivery testing for other models (747,777,767) would temporarily move to BFI. We're talking about 8-9 aircraft there.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:11 am

"Everett gears up for 787 assembly

Quote:
Large parts and major subassemblies for the first Boeing 787 are on track to begin arriving at the airframer's final assembly line at Everett, Washington from mid-March.

The first parts are expected to begin arriving by road and rail, although for the assemblies arriving by air "it will be a bit of a horse race to see what comes in first", says Boeing. "It could be the wingbox from MHI [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries]. We don't have a formal date for when actual final assembly starts, though it is likely to be late March to early April..."

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ett-gears-up-for-787-assembly.html
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:32 am

Boeing flight line in Everett was expanded for the 777 in the early nineties.

There were about 30 767's parked in Everett in 1981 before they delivered the first one. I think the 787 will be similar with 30 or so built be time of EIS.

Flight testing is done out of Boeing Field in Seattle so those 7 aircraft will be there not in Everett.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:25 am

Quoting Sangas (Reply 18):
We don't have a formal date for when actual final assembly starts, though it is likely to be late March to early April..."

There we go. Meaning the LCF should be in Japan sometime later this month.
(Please be the 23rd...please be the 23rd....please be the 23rd).

Quote:
Mid-March is also expected to see the first wingset beginning to move through "pre-integration" before entering final assembly.

That means the LCF has to be here this week or so. Mid-March is next week! Am I right that these are being transported by LCF?

The wingsets are also made from carbon right? Can't wait to see how these thing bend.

Wingbox from MHI is also due as well. Does this mean the LCF will make two trips of will it carry the wingsets and wing box together?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 12:56 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 4):
Iron Maiden.

What does this mean?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:06 pm

Quoting IAHFLYER (Reply 21):
What does this mean?

1) Iron Maiden = A classic British Heavy Metal Band formed in the late 1970s and disbanded, came together, disbanded, came together...who knows what they are up to now.
2) Iron Maiden = An iron cabinet built to torture or kill a person by piercing the body with sharp objects (such as knives, spikes, or nails), while the victim is forced to remain standing. The victim bleeds profusely and is weakened slowly, eventually dying because of blood loss, or perhaps asphyxiation.
3) Iron Maiden = Imagery used to describe the machine that tests the frame of a new aircraft. The machine bends and twists the parts till the plane is all but destroyed. It determines the stress levels of an airframe over its life.

So Take the image of definition 2 and apply it to an airplane.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:10 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 22):



Quoting Centrair (Reply 22):
1) Iron Maiden = A classic British Heavy Metal Band formed in the late 1970s and disbanded, came together, disbanded, came together...who knows what they are up to now.
2) Iron Maiden = An iron cabinet built to torture or kill a person by piercing the body with sharp objects (such as knives, spikes, or nails), while the victim is forced to remain standing. The victim bleeds profusely and is weakened slowly, eventually dying because of blood loss, or perhaps asphyxiation.
3) Iron Maiden = Imagery used to describe the machine that tests the frame of a new aircraft. The machine bends and twists the parts till the plane is all but destroyed. It determines the stress levels of an airframe over its life.

So Take the image of definition 2 and apply it to an airplane

Good to know that, whichever one is chosen, rest in peace.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:22 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 20):
Am I right that these are being transported by LCF?

Yes!

Quoting Centrair (Reply 20):
Wingbox from MHI is also due as well.

This I didn't quite understand from the article. The first wing box has already been picked up on the first visit to NGO... isn't that what section 11/45 is? Maybe they're talking about the second wing box?
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:24 pm

the picture of the first barrel section being unloaded showed the wingbox with it.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:03 pm

center wing box was already sent to SC, the wings will be arriving soon to Everett.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:22 pm

Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 25):



Quoting Pygmalion (Reply 26):

So the article had an error. The wingbox was sent in January to SC. Just realized wingboxes are first sent to SC and then to Everett after being connected to Vought's and Alenia's parts. So just the wings need to go over for the 1st plane. If they plan on having three done by roll out, Boeing will have to send the LCF another 5 times to Nagoya.
3 Wing sets
2 more wing boxes 11/45
2 more forward section 43s

Does the whole 11/45, 43, 46, 47, & 48 assembly fit inside the LCF?
If so... the images of it being unloaded at Everett will be something very...well...the LCF taking a very big (band word on A.net).
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:28 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 27):
Does the whole 11/45, 43, 46, 47, & 48 assembly fit inside the LCF?

Yes, although it will take a bit of a shove to get the LCF tail to latch shut Big grin
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:48 am

Does anyone else find this utterly stupid to have all of it outsourced to outside the US instead of just doing it in the US where it would be faster and more controlled?
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:57 am

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 29):
Does anyone else find this utterly stupid to have all of it outsourced to outside the US instead of just doing it in the US where it would be faster and more controlled?

No, I don't find it stupid. I suspect Boeing did a great deal of analysis to determine the best supplier for each part worldwide and then balanced the cost of transporting parts all over the world versus the benefits of doing business with the best suppliers. Apparently, that analysis showed that this path was the most profitable for the shareholders of Boeing.

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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:51 am

Ok just to clarify. The Center wing box is hte section 11/45. That'll be joined to sections 43, 44, 46 to make up the central fuselage and then be transported to Everett. Section 47 and 48 is the rear fuselage that is built and joined in SC and will be transported separately to Everett.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:58 am

Quoting Adh214 (Reply 30):
No, I don't find it stupid. I suspect Boeing did a great deal of analysis to determine the best supplier for each part worldwide and then balanced the cost of transporting parts all over the world versus the benefits of doing business with the best suppliers. Apparently, that analysis showed that this path was the most profitable for the shareholders of Boeing.

Andrew

Actually I understand that Boeing found that it is more expensive to outsource the work but did it because those firms have expertise in those areas.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:27 am

FYI,
The 787 line is not a moving line (more like a moving factroy with all the jigs, etc. moving around.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:56 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 32):
Quoting Adh214 (Reply 30):
No, I don't find it stupid. I suspect Boeing did a great deal of analysis to determine the best supplier for each part worldwide and then balanced the cost of transporting parts all over the world versus the benefits of doing business with the best suppliers. Apparently, that analysis showed that this path was the most profitable for the shareholders of Boeing.

Andrew

Actually I understand that Boeing found that it is more expensive to outsource the work but did it because those firms have expertise in those areas.

That story cannot be told until the the 787 program has ended, who knows when? 2030, 2040, 2050?

There are so many outsourcing contracts these days which go foul due to a thousand different unforeseen reasons. If I earned a dime on every dollar which has been "wasted" on outsourcing mishaps, then I would be richer than Bill Gates.

Sub-suppliers go on strike, go broke, go off spec due to "savings" on workforce education, or they simply find more lucrative businesses elsewhere. Etc. etc.

It takes an enormous control and coordination task from Boeing to make this diversified production scheme working. And hopefully they have realistic backup plans for most major incidents which could happen.

On the other side, the tighter you strap your sub-suppliers, the less flexible the production rate will be when demand increases or decreases.

I'm sure that Boeing takes this control and coordination job very seriously, after all they have been doing the same thing for a very long time, although on a much smaller scale. And hopefully they will be successful.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:02 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 32):
Actually I understand that Boeing found that it is more expensive to outsource the work but did it because those firms have expertise in those areas.

The partners are financing some of the development cost in return for a bigger share of the profits.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:42 am

When is the 787 scheduled to do its first flight?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:51 am

Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 36):
When is the 787 scheduled to do its first flight?

At this point it looks to be late August of this year for the RR powered verson and late Oct. for the GE version.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:32 am

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 37):
Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 36):
When is the 787 scheduled to do its first flight?

At this point it looks to be late August of this year for the RR powered verson and late Oct. for the GE version.

 hissyfit 
I'll be in France then.

Are there any exact dates to be released at some point?
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:34 am

Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 38):
Are there any exact dates to be released at some point?

Soon but it's looking like the las week of the month for each.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:42 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 22):
3) Iron Maiden = Imagery used to describe the machine that tests the frame of a new aircraft. The machine bends and twists the parts till the plane is all but destroyed. It determines the stress levels of an airframe over its life.

I think you are mixing apples and oranges. There is a "fatigue" test that bends and twists the airframe and pressurizes the fuselage over and over, simulating actual flying operations. In the "fatigue" test the airframe is not destroyed. Then there is a "static" test which applies forces to the airframe that exceed the breaking point, ie. the wing bending test is used to verify the wing can withstand 1 1/2 times its ultimate load. These are two completely different tests.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:46 am

Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 38):
Are there any exact dates to be released at some point?

There most likely won't be an exact date until roll-out and possibly the start of ground tests. The only exact date set so far is roll-out.


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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:57 am

Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 38):
Quoting NYC777 (Reply 37):
Quoting GAIsweetGAI (Reply 36):
When is the 787 scheduled to do its first flight?

At this point it looks to be late August of this year for the RR powered verson and late Oct. for the GE version.


I'll be in France then.

Are there any exact dates to be released at some point?

That's actually cool , since you will get to watch Leahy  hissyfit  on TV when he gets the news that it flew.  Big grin
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:38 am

Quoting 474218 (Reply 40):

So the "static" test is closer to definition 2 and the "fatigue" test is having to sit down and understand the existance of definition 1. Both...torture.
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:14 am

Quoting Centrair (Reply 43):
So the "static" test is closer to definition 2 and the "fatigue" test is having to sit down and understand the existance of definition 1. Both...torture.

Definition 1 is "static" and can cause "fatigue" if you listen to it too much.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:37 pm

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 31):
Section 47 and 48 is the rear fuselage that is built and joined in SC and will be transported separately to Everett.

Thanks for clearing up that bit, I got it wrong.
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:13 pm

"787 on schedule for August test flight, May 2008 rollout
Boeing is working to solve weight and timing problems
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO -- The Boeing Co. will start assembling the first 787 Dreamliner in the second quarter and anticipates the passenger jet's initial test flight at the end of August, its chief financial officer said Wednesday.

James Bell told investors that Boeing continues to devote significant research and development spending to resolving weight and timing challenges with the 787, but said they were typical of a new airplane development program at this stage...

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/306547_boeing08.html
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:24 pm

Thanks for the posts.

It seems that the LCF has not made any more pickups and commercial cargo deliveries have not been communicated if they have happened. From news.google.com it appears the LCF will be in Grottaglie on March 12th to visit Alenia. So, I think the diagram is still current. The chart can be updated, with details on where the wing sets will go, the final assembly building, and the Alenia flight - I've added that. The quality is not great, being a JPEG. I tried a PDF but the myspace would not load it; suggestions on how to improve that are welcome.

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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:14 pm

Well, that tail is ready, which means the leading edge came in from China. I'm not sure about the rudder, since it was mentioned it is attached at final assembly.

And the second LCF is flying to Grottaglie, Italy right now . . . LCF2
 
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RE: Assembly Of First 787

Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:17 pm

Quoting Jet-lagged (Reply 48):
And the second LCF is flying to Grottaglie, Italy right now . . . LCF2

so sad. going out to NGO on Friday and staying over till the next morning at the Toyoko. Was hoping to see it. Will have my father's EOS super duper camera with nice lenses. (I am going down to pick them up and will use the chance to take good aircraft photos.)

No chance that the 1st LCF will just pop on down to pick up some part....

I noticed that the BOE number given to Number 1 was flying to Spokane...why? Was it the LCF or another 744. Wish Flightaware gave the tail number...it is suppose to.
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