quote: Not quite Hi-tech enough to be included in the Dreamliner though.
quote: While there have been lots of studies on composite materials in aircraft, there is still relatively little known about what happens to the materials when they are exposed to the stresses of flight day in and day out for several decades.
quote: These large sections for the first 787, including the composite wing, arrived in Everett with thousands of temporary fasteners. Boeing's partners could not get permanent fasteners in time because of the industry shortage. These temporary fasteners must be replaced with permanent ones before the 787 can fly.
quote: it is boeings fault.
quote: the big thing Boeing says that instead of 112 planes delivered by the end of 2009, the number will be 109, only three planes left
quote: The problem is that you need titanium fasteners, you cant use the same type of fasteners as on a normal aluminum jet because there is a chemical reaction (they corrode).