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Dreamliner is heading to Iceland today for crosswind tests

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2010 12:12 pm

The second aircraft in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner test fleet is headed overseas later today to Keflavik, Iceland for crosswind testing.

The airport in that island nation is known for its strong winds. It is equipped with perpendicular runways, so the test aircraft can land with a crosswind blowing no matter what direction the wind is blowing.

The Icelandic excursion is the second foreign visit for a Dreamliner and the first with serious test purpose. A 787 earlier this summer visited the Farnborough Air Show in England, but the purpose of that visit was more public and customer relations than flight testing.

The Keflavik runways have been used by both Boeing and Airbus for crosswind tests in the past with the Boeing 777 and Airbus’s A380 using that airport for crosswind trials.

Those landings are almost sure to create some spectacular video as the test aircraft crab into the wind and then straighten out their flight path just at touchdown.

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