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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner – from blueprints to blue skies

Boeing has leapt miles into the future. With the newly developed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the all electric, all composite aircraft, continuing to undergo several tests and even the first few flights, Boeing has received an incredible amount of press coverage and positive attention.

If you choose to be a commercial pilot, you will learn during flight training all the technicalities of flighing an airliner jet and maybe someday you’ll have an opportunity fly the awesomeness that is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The idea for this primarily-electric aircraft has been in progress since 2002. Boeing has made very bold choices in the design of the airplane and the system’s architecture. Here is a list according to the 787 Dreamliner Flight Testing website, of milestones Boeing has achieved since the beginning of this project.

Power On

June, 2008

Power On is a multi-stage process bringing power on to an all-new commercial jetliner for the first time. There is approximately 60 miles of wiring stretched throughout the airplane. The first elements to receive power are the fans so that the electronics are properly cooled. After several complicated steps, the remote power distribution system is verified as operational.

Gear Up

August, 2008

Many different systems are installed and implemented to make the landing gear work. These systems include the common core system, the remote power distribution system, the landing gear system, they hydraulics system, and everything working together in order to extend and retract the landing gear system. Because the gear swing is being controlled by wires, it is lighter and much more efficient than anything before.

Wing Break Test

September, 2008

The wings of the aircraft were replicated and scaled in order to test the wing load. A weight was steadily increased in 10 percent increments, all the way to 150 percent limit. Once the wing was loaded beyond the 150 percent limit, it snapped, representing a first for the aviation industry. This was the exact location engineers expected the wing to fail, bringing the team that much closer to the construction of the 787.

Move To Field

May, 2009

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner moved from the paint hangar out to the fuel dock at the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington to begin fuel testing. Now on the flight line, the aircraft will undergo additional airplane power and systems tests as well as engine runs. After completing final systems checks and high-speed taxi tests, the airplane will be ready for first flight. The 787 Dreamliner has orders for 886 airplanes from 57 customers.

Gauntlet Test

June, 2009

The aircraft is operated for 24/7 for an extended period of time in simulated ground and flight modes. The focus of this test is on determining the robustness of the system and its ability to sustain operations during flight. Also different single and multiple failure situations were simulated. All systems were validated and approved for flight testing.

High Speed Taxi Test

December 12, 2009

Taxi testing is the last test before flight testing. It is a fully operational test that gives a complete and comprehensive perspective on the integrated systems of the aircraft. With two pilots and 14 engineers to monitor all the systems on the aircraft, the 787 taxied at high speeds at an exceptional level.

First Flight Test

December 21, 2009

The first Boeing 787 ever created, affectionately named ZA001, experienced its first flight on December 21, 2009 at 10:27 a.m. for three hours before the rain forced test pilots Mike Carriker and Randy Neville to land. Both pilots called the flight “flawless.” They reached an altitude of 31,200 feet.

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