Boeing 787 in hot/cold testing in Florida

April 23, 2010 at 2:21 PM
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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- U.S. aerospace company Boeing deployed its latest 787 to a hangar at a U.S. Air Force Base in Florida to undergo extreme weather testing, the company said.

Boeing sent its 787 to the McKinley Climate Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base to conduct testing in temperatures ranging from 115 degrees Fahrenheit to 45 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

Flight test technicians will take the 787 through the steps necessary to prepare for takeoff once the plane stabilizes at either temperature extreme. Various sensors will determine if all airplane operations proceed as anticipated.

"This testing is about ensuring that the airplane meets the expectations of our customers," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program for Boeing.

The 787 is expected to spend the next two weeks in testing at the Florida base.

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