Boeing wraps up crucial fuselage stress tests on 787
Boeing Co. says a fuselage section of its new 787 jet has passed a series of stress tests that had to be done before the plane can begin flight testing.
The aircraft maker put a composite fuselage barrel through tests that simulated the most extreme conditions the airplane is expected to experience over its lifetime.
Engineers also subjected the fuselage section to 150 percent of its so-called "limit load," then pushed it to the point of destruction _ applying more than two and a half times the force of gravity.
Boeing said Thursday that the fuselage did not suffer as much damage during that test as engineers had anticipated.
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