IAD787
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787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:20 am

Tons more information to share. We have an airplane!

- All windows have been installed.
- Main gear are lifted in position and installation is underway and being worked on as I type.
- Installation will be complete by the morning of June 24.
- Left engine has been installed. Right engine in position for installation.
- The inboard flaps and main gear doors must be installed after the main gear installation is complete.

As always, tons of details, pictures and info on the recipient of the second production 787 are at my site:

http://flightblogger.blogspot.com

or directly to the assembly page

http://flightblogger.blogspot.com/2007/05/building-dreamliner.html

Onward,

IAD787

PS. Paint shop by Monday or Tuesday.
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:02 pm

Thats great , i hope they show some pics of it on its own feet with the engines
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:04 pm

Almost done!  Smile Will be great to see the plane soon - and hopefully all over airports in the world by next year. I know that they'll be here for sure.
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:12 pm

It's like X-mas, when I was a boy  Wink We can't wait any longer now  Silly

Cheers

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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:34 pm

I must say its looking very impessive. Going to be interesting watching this bird take to the skies.

Keep up the good work IAD787, looking forward to the next update (and pics if possible).

D.
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:58 pm

IAD787, thank you for this great coverage of the completion of the 787 assembly!

I have some detailed questions though:

It looks like the 787 have a big Aspect Ratio compared to previous models, is this so? Or am I seing the wing with the flaps not mounted, and getting a wring impression?

Also, what is the wing sweep in this baby?

What kind of high lift devices will be used (both leading and trailing edge)?
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:28 pm

What I've seen has been wonderful ... and like everyone else, IAD, I can't thank you enough for bringing this to table in such detail.

I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop, are there ANY images of it out there of the naked, wholly constructed 787? I looked up and down your site and couldn't find any, haven't seen any reference here on A.net and could search any up.

Keep up the good work!
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:27 am

IAD787,

I noticed you removed the delivery date of the next shipset from Vought. It originally stated June 19 - 21. Any new news?
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:12 am

Quoting BoeingOnFinal (Reply 5):
It looks like the 787 have a big Aspect Ratio compared to previous models, is this so? Or am I seing the wing with the flaps not mounted, and getting a wring impression?

Also, what is the wing sweep in this baby?

What kind of high lift devices will be used (both leading and trailing edge)?

I would ask someone that actually works on the program. I'd be curious to hear the answers if you find them.

Quoting NADC10Fan (Reply 6):
I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop, are there ANY images of it out there of the naked, wholly constructed 787?

I wish! If' I get them you'll know about them. The engines and gear only went on yesterday. I haven't seen pictures of the attached tail section either.

Quoting AirlineAddict (Reply 7):
I noticed you removed the delivery date of the next shipset from Vought. It originally stated June 19 - 21. Any new news?

Well it looks like LCF2 is leaving Charleston this morning and heading for Italy. Not sure what it's picking up. However, my guess is that it is probably the horizontal tail plane for the static test frame (ZY997), seeing how Section 43, 44, 45, 46 are all in Charleston already.

LN2 is still very much scattered around the world. I'll, as always, will keep you posted.
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:29 am

i have way too many things to wait for! the iphone comes out in a couple days then this awesome plane! i want to be there for the roll out!
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:33 am

I'm going to guess that photos will be scarce now, if not non-existent. I have a feeling they'll keep the completed bird under wraps until two weeks from tomorrow, I couldbe wrong though.  Smile
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:17 am

Has the date for the first flight already been decided?

Cheers

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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 8:03 am

Quoting IAD787 (Reply 8):
Well it looks like LCF2 is leaving Charleston this morning and heading for Italy. Not sure what it's picking up. However, my guess is that it is probably the horizontal tail plane for the static test frame (ZY997), seeing how Section 43, 44, 45, 46 are all in Charleston already.

I'm trying to figure out why it flew to Charleston for a week, and then flew to Italy from there. Did it bring something back to Charleston? Equipment? Engineers?
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:27 am

I have just have to say brilliant information and Photos IAD787.

Keith, Perth Western Australia.  Big grin
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:45 am

Quoting SirOmega (Reply 12):
I'm trying to figure out why it flew to Charleston for a week, and then flew to Italy from there. Did it bring something back to Charleston? Equipment? Engineers?

Well, doesn't it have to pick up the "dollies and trucks" for lack of better terminology and bring them back to Italy? Or are they just going to stack them up in vacant lots like they do containers outside Long Beach...  Wink
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:59 pm

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 14):
Well, doesn't it have to pick up the "dollies and trucks" for lack of better terminology and bring them back to Italy? Or are they just going to stack them up in vacant lots like they do containers outside Long Beach...

Yea, but does it take a week to pack up said items? And I'd also figure that they'd have more than one set given the amount of equipment that'll be flying around by the end of this year. Plus you're better of flying back a few sets at a time.
 
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RE: 787 Assembly Update (Detailed) - Part VI

Sun Jun 24, 2007 2:20 pm

Quoting IAD787 (Thread starter):
- Left engine has been installed. Right engine in position for installation.



Quoting NADC10Fan (Reply 6):
I have one question - with the a/c now complete and having been transferred to the paintshop

I was just on the Boeing factory tour today (Saturday, 23 June). We got to see both the 777 and 787 assembly lines. The 787 is just about complete. I was so impressed with this bird. It was really satisfying since all I'd seen to date were computer simulations of the completed plane. A couple of things of note:

- The plane is not yet in the paint shop. It's still in the factory.
- Both engines appear to be installed now, but the cowling was not (cowlings were standing near the plane on a palette -- the chevrons of the trailing edge looked cool!)
- Vertical stabilizer has been installed and it appears the entire tail section has been connected as well
- It didn't appear to be standing on it's own gear yet, as the lower parts of the plane were still surrounded with scaffolding.
- It's obvious they've sanded portions of the exterior, because it's no longer as shiny as it looked in earlier pictures.

The wings on this plane look amazing -- the subtle upturned wingtips are very cool looking in person. I also noticed that the doors and windows are visibly larger than those of the 777. It was easy to compare since the manufacturing lines are right next to one another (777 / 787). Incidentally, there were four 777's under construction (one for Air India, two for Air Canada and one for Jet Airways).

I also got to see (and touch) a test 787 composite fuselage barrel in the Future of Flight museum. What an amazing experience. Great day overall. I was hoping to have seen the Dreamlifter, but the tour guide said both planes are out picking up parts for the next aircraft.

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