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787 Dreamliner Fatigue Airframe Departs Factory

24 June 2008

Boeing has moved the 787 Dreamliner designated for fatigue testing from the final assembly factory in Everett, Wash., to another production bay at the facility, where assembly work will continue.

The move paves the way for the second flight-test airplane to advance to the next position in the production line today. The first Dreamliner remains in the nose-to-door position and the third flight-test airplane is in the first position. It will remain there until the fourth flight-test airplane is ready for assembly to begin later this month.

In addition, Boeing has completed the Power On sequence for the first 787 Dreamliner, marking the completion of the next major milestone on the path to first flight later this year. Power On is a complex series of tasks and tests that bring electrical power onto the airplane and begin to exercise the use of the electrical systems. The 787 is a more-electric airplane with the pneumatic, or bleed air, system being totally replaced by electronics.

""The team has made great progress in bringing the bold innovation of the 787 to reality,"" said Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. ""There is plenty of work to be done between now and first flight, but with every step forward we grow more and more confident.""