Friday, August 28, 2009

Boeing Dash-80 (707) Prototype from spec to flying in just 2 years!

The entire Boeing 707 (Dash 80) prototype went from project launch to first flight in less time than the delay it took in fixing the "finished" 787 after its rollout.

Boeing still sure delayed 787 will be profitable
Even as executives announced a massive $2.5 billion write-off associated with the first-flight delays that now stretch to 28 months, they expressed confidence in its latest revised schedule.
By Dominic Gates
Boeing said Thursday it will still make a profit on its 787 Dreamliner program, now the most delayed — and, according to analysts, the most expensive — jet in the company's history.
Anybody remember the good old days?

The "Dash 80" (prototype of the 707, which was completely different from any previous Boeing airplane) took less than two years from project launch in 1952 to rollout on May 14, 1954 and first flight on July 15,1954.

The ENTIRE FREAKING PROJECT took place in less time than the delay between the "rollout" and the projected first flight of the 787. Every other Boeing airliner flew within 4 months of rollout, and the original promise first flight date was based on these schedules. Something is very, very amiss.

Other airplanes put into production before prototypes proved the design had problems too. The dart-wing YF-102 could not even break the sound barrier until body was completely reshaped with area ruling. 21 F3H Demons (McDonnell, one of the ancestors of McDac/Boeing) were built and delivered for ground training because the J40 engine they were designed for were declared unsafe to fly.

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