The Boeing Dreamliner 787 Could Be The Next Spruce Goose

The headline takes certain exaggerated liberties, sure, I admit that, but nevertheless today marks the second time in two months that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been delayed due to structural failures during the testing process.

I'll let Boeing tell you the latest snafu, with no snarky blogger filter:

"In two areas on the fuselage, the structure doesn't have the long-term strength that we want," said Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter.

What that means is wrinkles. Dangerous, drop-out-of-the-frickin-sky wrinkles that negatively effect the plane in ways I don't want to think about given I'm already antsy about air travel.

Carbon fibre patches or not, customers were expect the first Boeing 787 order to be filled by first quarter 2010. That's not going to happen. As we've detailed here in the past, the phrase "perpetual delay" has become synonymous with the 787 project, which has cost Boeing billions of dollars. Seventy-two planes have been canceled thus far. [Silicon Valley via Slashdot]

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