Unformatted text preview: Fastener Woes to Delay Flight of First Boeing 787 Jets (Source: WSJ, NOVEMBER 5, 2008 By J. LYNN LUNSFORD) In a setback likely to cause more delays to ripple through its troubled 787 Dreamliner program, Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it needs to replace thousands of improperly installed fasteners on the first Dreamliner jets before they can be flown. Boeing said the fastener woes were discovered during a routine quality-control inspection. The time it will take to correct the problem -- along with delays caused by a recently resolved 57-day strike by the company's union machinists -- will make it impossible to meet the goal of flying the first Dreamliner this year, Boeing said. "There just aren't enough days left on the calendar this year to do everything that needs to be done," said Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach. Boeing said it won't know the extent of the delays until it has a chance to fully assess the problem. Engineers have traced it to improper instructions on what type and length of fasteners to use on certain titanium parts. have traced it to improper instructions on what type and length of fasteners to use on certain titanium parts....
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