787 Passes Wing Bend Test

By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.com
Los Angeles

Boeing completed the ultimate load test on the static test 787 airframe, ZY997, at Everett on March 28. The test – officially dubbed Condition 18b - evaluated the ability of the wing-body structure to sustain loads equal to 150% of the design limit load, and represents the most extreme forces ever expected to be seen in service. Its clearance also marks the passing of a significant hurdle on the way to FAA certification ...

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