Dreamliner completes test as first flight deadline nears

Dec 02, 2009 | 03:51 AM | Frank Haflich

Another test has been completed on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner as the aircraft's builder approaches the self-imposed deadline for its first flight.

The results of the plane's static test this week might determine not only if a critical fix to the airframe has been successful but whether or not Chicago-based Boeing Co. will meet the year-end target for the 787's maiden flight.

During the static test the "wing and trailing edges of the airframe were subjected to its limit load," or the highest loads the plane is expected to experience in service.....

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