User avatar
CCA
Topic Author
Posts: 769
Joined: Wed Oct 02, 2002 7:29 pm

Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 Flying Test Bed

Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:43 pm

Anybody seen it or have any further news?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Frank C. Duarte Jr.
View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Fred Seggie - WorldAirImages



The best I've found from the RR web site is,

http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/showPR.jsp?PR_ID=40219

Quote:
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.

and

Quote:
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,

http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/images/PRImages/ftb01.jpg

CCA
P1 in A330, A340, A346, B742, B744, B748.
 
SP90
Posts: 351
Joined: Wed May 24, 2006 12:39 am

RE: Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 Flying Test Bed

Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:08 am

So are they going to outfit all 4 pylons with the T1000 or just pylon #2 like the GE90-115B testbed?
 
AC320tech
Posts: 193
Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2006 6:32 am

RE: Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 Flying Test Bed

Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:04 am

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?
 
AirbusA6
Posts: 1484
Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2005 5:53 am

RE: Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 Flying Test Bed

Mon Jul 31, 2006 8:37 am

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...
it's the bus to stansted (now renamed National Express a6 to ruin my username)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: SAAFNAV and 10 guests