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Date: 03/31/10 10:05 AM

64 Responses to Boeing 787 Dreamliner Wings Being Tested [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 6:52 am
    Link: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Wings Being Tested - A Boeing 787 Dreamliner has its wings bent upwards for the final stages of its static test. Woah, they bend?
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    krembill Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Must have a lot of Benders there, who went to bending school, majored in bending.
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    Viruzzz Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Why is it a surprise that they bend? if they were stiffer they would slowly crack and eventually break
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:17 am
    Notice it doesn`t have any jet engines. This one flaps its wings.
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    ajmullan Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:21 am
    Through the fire and the flames...WE CARRY ON!!!
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    Kleidermotte Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:27 am
    This could set a new trend for a while!
    "And now the question - Will it bend???"
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    anarchsoul Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:28 am
    "Must have a lot of Benders there, who went to bending school, majored in bending."

    Or maybe a drunk bending robot named.. wait for it... wait... Bender!..
    Yeah.. No sleep and stuck at my desk being boooored.. forgive me.. lol
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:49 am
    Its coming straight for us



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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Last 4 comments made me lol. Good job, IAB.
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:55 am
    Wow...I didnt know they bent THAT much
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:57 am
    This could set a new trend for a while!
    "And now the question - Will it bend???"

    I approve of this...
    anyway, i feel a lot safer now =)
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    joejoe92 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 10:57 am
    they are thinkin bout gettin beckham as a celebrity spokesperson for the new aircraft...
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:03 am
    Is this how it takes off? Take the roof off the hangar and let `er go?
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    radoinc Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:08 am
    I`m sorry, but I call it bull***t. Sure, the wing must be flexible, but not like that. It`s probably the perspective, or simply the wings aren`t just mounted yet.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:10 am
    I wonder in what real life situation the wings could be bend that way
  16. Profile photo of TheManJT
    TheManJT Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:16 am
    it is real radoinc, in severe winds and turbulance the wings must be able to flex or the whole plae will start to move around which could cause a crash, all the wings are actually super flexible
  17. Profile photo of Spider_sol
    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:17 am
    It`s not about real world situations, they stress them well beyond what they would experience normally so they are nearly failsafe in normal situations.
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    Adi_Noor Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am
    Maybe now aircrafts will fly like birds...! with
  19. Profile photo of radoinc
    radoinc Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:32 am
    @TheManJT

    I think that if the wings bend this far in flight the fuel tanks inside them will rupture, the control surfaces will jam and there wont be any lift.
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    no_need Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:42 am
    I`m an engineer and have actually worked on the engines for the 787 (sorry people, I`m afraid it does in fact have engines! No flapping for this one), and it`s true - if the wings are not super flexible then the plane will suffer badly during turbulence and the struts in the wings are very likely to fail quickly due to metal fatigue.
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    no_need Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:42 am
    This is further than they would ever bend in reality though - as Spider_sol said, they perform these tests with an enormous safety factor.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:52 am
    i am god, this is real.
  23. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:59 am
    Thats awesome!
  24. Profile photo of biscuit29
    biscuit29 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    Not 100% sure what`s going on here, but don`t think they`re it`s wings. They simply don`t look long enough. Checked the dimensions of the aircraft on the boing website, and the 787 has an overall wingspan of 60.12M and a fusalage width of 5.7M which means that each wing should be just over 4 and a half times as long as the fusalage width which these definately aren`t.
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    npdarren Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    >radoinc

    I believe most planes` fuel tanks are actually "bags" or giant bladder-like things inside of compartments in the wings. At least that`s what they are inside a C-130. Anyways, I don`t think the fuel tanks/bags would rupture from torsion.
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    Most people don`t realize that at 30,000 ft. the wings of all passenger jets are bent like this normally. It only seems flat when you look out the window.
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    guitardrumer Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    @manorrd

    The wings do bend in the air. but they arent that bent.
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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    Pilot here.

    @biscuit - following your logic, the body of the aircraft is a sphere. They extend backwards, those are the wings viewed from the front, not the side.

    @manorrod - Umm, no. Those wings are filled with fuel. If they where not, the combinned weight of the fuselage + the lift of the wings would sever them form the aircraft.

    Under normal circumstances, the wings do not bend that much.

    Probably the only way you would see them bend that much would be through a sideways, inverse, spiral following an engine failure in a heavy crosswind.

    But if that`s the case, you`d be more busy pooting yourself than looking out the window.
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    QBW Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    eeeeeeeagllllllllle
  30. Profile photo of Lackidren
    Lackidren Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    Actually you are partially correct. While the wings of all aircraft bend slightly, airliner wings do not bend to this extreme in flight. This is, as the caption states, just a test probably to test the breaking point of the wings. Look up images of airliners in flight and you`ll see that they are pretty flat in comparison with this test. And images of the 787 at takeoff show a bend, but also not at this extreme. The only thing that comes close to this is the Pathfinder solar powered craft in terms of this amount of bending.
  31. Profile photo of anarchsoul
    anarchsoul Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    Google boeing 787 wing break test and watch the vids or read up.. you would think that people would know to google something before calling it fake or giving false knowledge.. :/
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    shadowtube Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    @biscuit29 um... look at the end of the wings, theyre not even finished, so maybe they ARE the wings.
  33. Profile photo of smithno13
    smithno13 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm
    http://tinyurl.com/y9ynbz8
    Seattle times new article about this test.
  34. Profile photo of biscuit29
    biscuit29 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    @ koala, prob didn`t word my explanation very well. The body of the aircraft is a cylinder with a radius of 5.7M (viewed front on) and the wingspan from wing tip to wing tip is 60.12M (viewed top, bottom, front or rear) this means that the total width of the aircraft, wingtip to wing tip is 10.57 times the radius of the body (60.12 divided by 5.7) remove the body from that figure as if the wings were stuck together without the body there and the span would be 9.57 times the body diamiter i.e each wing is just over 4.5 times the diamiter of the body. Which these (at a rough measurement) are far from
  35. Profile photo of biscuit29
    biscuit29 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    thanks for the link smithno13. Looks like my logic was flawed :-?
  36. Profile photo of Jazzycakes
    Jazzycakes Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    intriguing, time to watch videos when i get home tho >>
  37. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
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    March 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Woah, that looks complex.
  38. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    Why are people surprised that a critical thing is tested far beyond requirements? It would be more worrying if it wasn`t.

    Think about it from the point of view of the manufacturer. If the wings on your planes, even just one of your planes, break off in flight even under the worst natural conditions, hundreds of people will die and your reputation will be badly damaged. So you require them to remain intact far beyond any realistic forces, to be damn sure they won`t break off short of attack or impact.
  39. Profile photo of IssaTheFiend
    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    So bendy wings?
  40. Profile photo of Steelgrid
    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm
    U should see the videos of when they snap....good poo
  41. Profile photo of D3rAnG3d
    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm
    that looks Stressful! lol... damn i`m a nerd
  42. Profile photo of EvilGrouse
    EvilGrouse Male 30-39
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    March 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    Too bad they don`t stay that way. Looks cool.
  43. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm
    That looks cool.
  44. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    This was a stress test to see how far they would bend without breaking. Every commercial jet has to undergo these sort of tests so that they can determine the maximum stresses the plane can take.
    That data is then fed into computers that, In the future, Will help the plane fly and stay safe.
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    boeingguy787 Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm
    alright! one step closer to commercial service!
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    SouthpawSlew Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    My Brother works on the Dreamliner. I`m so jealous. the prick is 22 and just bought a new Lexus IS300
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    Maelstrom_x Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    Of course the wings bend, they have to be able to flap for the plane to fly. Duh.
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    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    Insane!
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    dotrom Female 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Maelstrom, that was wonderful.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:54 pm
    wow... bendy wings??
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    SaiyanRocker Male 18-29
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    March 31, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    How do you know if an airplane is being burned by hellfire?
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    atm Female 13-17
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    April 1, 2010 at 1:14 am
    cool :)
  53. Profile photo of tom-brady12
    tom-brady12 Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2010 at 1:32 am
    Thats how they fly like birds.....
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    Froggybuster Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2010 at 3:25 am
    It`s meant to be possible for them to bend so much the tips touch each other and they shouldn`t break...
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    datroman Male 13-17
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    April 1, 2010 at 4:43 am
    I actually thought it was more commonly known, but yeah all airplane wings HAVE to be flexible, some more than others ... that`s why they look so flimsy when you`re actually flying, because if you were in an emergency situation, those wings aren`t going to break off unless you hit something, and you can glide to safety if all else fails
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    April 1, 2010 at 5:30 am
    I`m going to memorise this picture in my head, so that next time I`m in bad turbulence, watching a wing acting like Rolf Harris`s favourite instrument.. I`ll feel a bit safer.

    Except... it still doesn`t model turbulence very well does it..
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    SlappyMcFish Female 13-17
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    April 1, 2010 at 5:32 am
    thats like buying new socks then stretching them...only hundreds of people die in this situation
  58. Profile photo of JaLacaob
    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Turbulence doesn`t bend wings that far, so it`s great they can handle strain of that extent.
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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2010 at 9:40 am
    That`s not even as far as they go. I`ve heard they`ll go completely vertical before failure.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    Is this kind of stress likely to happen to a plane, in *any* situation?

    It seems those wings are heavily over designed, but then, many people`s lives depend on it, so its justified.
  61. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    April 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    Here is that very situation. Sadly all three crew members died.

    C130 Crash
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
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    April 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    terrorist plane being questioned
  63. Profile photo of cman7721
    cman7721 Male 18-29
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    April 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm
    stress test baby. you should see what happens when they finally give. BOOM!
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    bigbangbilly Male 13-17
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    April 17, 2010 at 8:21 am
    scary

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