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E-6B Mercury Air Frame

Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:00 am

The 707 has one of the strongest air frame ever built (for an airliner). This is due to the fact that they was built in the 50s' and 60'. Eventhough the E-6 Mercury is a 707, it was built in the late 80's. So did Boeing build the E-6 the same standers the original 707s, are did Boeing just use composite materials like in the 737 classics?
 
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RE: E-6B Mercury Air Frame

Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:58 pm

The E-6B aircraft is a stock 707-330B airframe with CFM-56 engines. There were some modifications to the airframe to allow for sensors and other equipment.
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RE: E-6B Mercury Air Frame

Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:41 am

The rudder is beefed up.

The airframe is the same, the only composites are some of the antenna fairings and radomes. The flight controls are metal-to-metal bond, with numerous panels manufactured with crushed core. The spoilers are all metallic, no honeycomb; and the slats are all magnesium castings.
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