Boeing 787 Dreamliner Successfully Completes Fuselage Barrel Test

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EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 28, 2008 — The composite technology, design and construction of the 787 was proven during a series of testing scenarios conducted beginning in late 2007 and concluding this week. The tests were performed on a composite fuselage test section and are part of Boeing’s certification efforts for the 787.

“The tests were very successful – they couldn’t have gone any better,” said Kevin Davis, 787 fuselage authorized representative and leader of the testing.

Boeing engineers proved the composite barrel design through a series of incremental tests that first took the barrel to limit load, a test condition that simulates the most extreme conditions expected to be experienced in the life of the airplane.

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