Boeing is now implementing design modifications to the Dreamliner 787 to correct problems reported last June. Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says in a new blog post: “We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe. We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe.” He said work will begin soon of other test 787 aircraft. Tinseth did not provide specifics on the nature of the fix.
Photo shows the static airframe for the Dreamliner
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