Skip to comments.Months of delay likely for 787, Boeing partner says
Posted on 06/25/2009 9:24:05 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
The structural flaw that has grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will likely add months of delay to the new jet program, an executive with one of Boeing's key Japanese partners said Wednesday. Kiyotaka Ichimaru, an executive at the aerospace division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which makes the 787's carbon-fiber composite plastic wings in Japan, also said the problem announced Tuesday stems from Boeing's engineering design, not MHI's an assessment confirmed by Boeing. Ichimaru said MHI engineers are drawing upon the experience of similar problems on the Mitsubishi F-2 jet-fighter program in working with Boeing to fix the problem: a need for reinforcement of the structure where the Dreamliner's wing is joined to the load-bearing box at the center of the fuselage.
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Sounds structural to me.....
And in further news, Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems to announce layoffs due to the 787 predicament. Just anticipating that to be news soon.
“Sounds structural to me.....”
That’s the report I heard. Of course, the MSM was very negative in the article about the delay.
Hey, rather they fix the problem than find out about structural problems the tragic way (right Airbus?)
for sure....as long as the patch holds.....
You bet!....I went through one of those layoff waves at Boeing, Seattle.
“Hey, rather they fix the problem than find out about structural problems the tragic way (right Airbus?)”
More Boeings have broken up or had other major structural failures in flight than Airbus built aircraft.
Gee, it might have been a better idea to build the plane in the USA?
Although I'm surprised to hear that it's in the area of the wingbox. I thought I had read reports that it passed the stress tests on the wing.
Just use more glue.
I'm not at all an anti-globalist, but I do think in the case of this airplane incorporating cutting edge technology, Boeing would have been much better off sticking to their historical model of making most of it here.
Overall, they should have probably given a less aggressive delivery schedule.
Absolutely. Never assume Plan A is going to work. Always have a Plan B.
To many cooks spoil the soup.
The trick was to build a plane out of carbon fibre and Mitsubishi had the technology to build large parts out of CFC (or claimed successfully to have...)
There’s no other company that could have offered what they offered... let’s see if they really could.
The $64,000 question!
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