Thursday, April 29, 2010

787 undergoing thermal tests in San Antonio

Boeing Photo

ZA003 flew from Eglin Air Force Base to Lackland Air Force Base yeasterday where the aircraft will under go therrmal test particularly wheel well thermal tests. According to Boeing ZA003 will be in San Antonio for two days but it is expected to be the first of many visits of the 787 to Lackland Air Force Base.

Boeing will also use the facility to perform modifications on some of the 787s that are being produced.

Here's Boeing's Press Release:

Dreamliner Arrives in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, April 29, 2010 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first landing in San Antonio, April 28 at Lackland Air Force Base. A crew of approximately 70 people traveled onboard the airplane from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida where ZA003, the third 787 airplane to be built, successfully completed a series of extreme-weather tests. Additional thermal test data will be collected while in San Antonio.

Boeing has already announced that modification of some 787s will be done at the San Antonio site.

“It’s great to have the 787 in San Antonio,” said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Commercial Airplanes. “We are excited to be working with the team there. This is just a short visit for testing but we will be back with more airplanes.”

ZA003 is expected to stay in San Antonio for about two days.

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