Six months ago, with the clock ticking to rollout and a mountain of systems work still due for completion, 787 systems director Mike Sinnett reflected on lessons learned along the way. “They are a lot like those on any program. Number one—airplanes are hard. Two—schedules are too tight. Three—don’t develop new tools and processes while developing a new aircraft. We’ve done that, we did it before, and we’ve always said we’ll never do it again.” Sinnett’s comments proved prophetic. ...

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