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Is 787 done for?

Old 13th Jul 2021, 17:02
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Forward Pressure Bulkhead

News reports today indicating production problem detected involving forward pressure bulkhead. Appears reasonable to ask to what actual extent this new problem with the 787 is the same in nature as previously reported problem with joinder of sections of fuselage -- Wall Street Journal article today indicating similarity, two key paragraphs follow.

"The new problem surfaced on part of the aircraft known as the forward pressure bulkhead at the front of the plane, people familiar with the matter said. It involves the skin of the aircraft and is similar to a previously disclosed Dreamliner issue found elsewhere on the planes, one of these people said. It surfaced as part of the FAA's review of Boeing's quality checks on newly produced undelivered planes, this person said.
The new problem hasn't raised any immediate safety concerns, but engineers at Boeing and the FAA are trying to understand the defect's potential to cause premature fatigue on a key part of the aircraft's structure, people familiar with the matter said."

As Danny Kaffee says at one point in the Hollywood movie, A Few Good Men, "And the hits just keep on coming."
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