Fatigue Test airplane getting set up

February 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Posted in What's happing this week? | 2 Comments

Another cool milestone occurred for the 787 program this week. The fatigue test airplane was officially moved to its final test rig to begin fatigue testing on the aircraft’s structural elements. Fatigue testing is accomplished to ensure the airplane can safely withstand the number of flight cycles it sees in its service life. One flight cycle constitutes one takeoff and one landing. See the picture below of the fatigue test airplane being loaded into its testing rig.



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  1. Great insider photo. So are you testing the lifetime of a plane without services between or are you testing the structural integrity of the plane between services? And how long does this test run for?

  2. Great question! Actually this test is run continuously on the ground with stops only at stand airline maintenance cycles. This test will run for probably a couple of years to build up enough cycles to simulate a standard aircraft life.

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