Site clearance work is getting underway at North Charleston, S.C., on Boeing’s second 787 assembly line, while preliminary work to prepare the first aircraft for its long-delayed maiden flight has also begun in Everett, Wash. Flight-test engineers are believed to have conducted a safety-of-flight review of ZA001’s landing gear on Nov. 22-23, though Boeing declines to confirm “day-to-day” status on aircraft No. 1. The pre-flight system gauntlet tests, which will mark the start of the ...

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