When it comes to flying, I've just decided never to fly on a Boeing 787 and this is why.
Do not fly on a Boeing 787
This past summer, my father in law had a family reunion in Wisconsin. At the reunion was an engineer, he works at Boeing. I asked him what he did at Boeing and he was actually a Structural Manager on the Boeing 787. So I asked him straight up, what the hell happened. He said the biggest issue was the design being done partly in India, partly in Italy, japan, etc. just like it says below.Posted by Jill Fallon at March 19, 2013 11:12 AM | Permalink
He said, many regions just did not care and just did the minimum to get paid and go home, none had a sense of pride or a sense that this was "their" design. He said that things did not come together, analysis were done wrong, mistakes were rampant, they had to redesign and redesign. It was a joke. Then they put this Frankenstein thing together and started to run structural testing. Get this, one of the tests, and this is a biggie, is to put a simple upward load on the wing. I am talking the static test, not the dynamic test. They wanted to go to 160% of maximum load but did not make it past 90% and the joint of the wing to the body fractured!!
The major structural joint, the main one fractured!!!!! I was stunned, how can they get such a basic thing like the load at this joint and the needed structure wrong? He said, you think you were stunned, you should have seen all the managers and directors and the crowd of a couple hundred people just gasp. They had to act fast to come up with a "band aid" so the dang wings did not fall off.