Boeing is closing in on the first flight of the stretched 787-9 by starting the first series of ‘gauntlet’ ground tests that simulate the operation of major systems. The initial tests are focused on the flight control system, and come as ground test engineers calibrate the 787-9’s navigation and airspeed sensing devices. The first test aircraft, ZB001, is located at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., facility, and ultimately will be joined in the flight test campaign by two further ...


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