Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Short 787 Update

This morning on Boeing's 2nd quarter earnings conference call, Jim McNerney revealed that LN 1 had its hydraulics powered on this past weekend and Boeing engineers tested some of the movable flight surfaces. He also said that airplane 1 is structurally complete but that there is a few more systems related installations that need to be accomplished at this point. He also reiterated that Boeing is on track for first flight in the 4th quarter and that they are either on or slightly ahead of their schedule.

I found out this evening that position 1 where all the major pieces are assembled together, is being prepped for LN 4 though the main fuselage and the forward fuselage have not been delivered. Those sections should be in soon and my guess is that this will take place around the end of this weekend or Monday.

Lastly, workers are attached the cowling on the left engine of LN 1 today.

Jon Ostrower also posted a short 787 update where he revealed that the elevators are not yet installed on the aircraft. Read his article here.

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