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787 Media Resource Room -- Photos

Boeing Begins Modifying 787s as FAA Approves Battery Improvements

Caption: Steve Foster, a 787 flight line mechanic, glides a new battery containment box into position in a 787 electronic equipment bay. The modifcation was performed on an airplane in Everett as part of the certification process.
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Caption: Mike Jeffries, a 787 flight line mechanic, secures a battery inside its stainless steel containment box in a 787 electronic equipment bay. The modification was performed on an airplane in Everett as part of the certification process.
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Caption: Joseph Gettings (left), team leader for kit assembly at the Spares Distribution Center, and Chad Howell, shipping facilitator, prepare a battery containment kit for shipping to a 787 customer. (Katie Lomax photo)

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Boeing 787 Battery Certification Flight

Caption: April 5, 2013 - LINE 86 TAKES OFF ON BATTERY CERTIFICATION FLIGHT: Boeing is conducting a battery certification demonstration flight on Line Number 86, a Boeing-owned airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. The demonstration flight is the final certification test for the new battery system. The airplane is seen here taking off from Paine Field today.

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Functional Check Flight

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Caption: March 25, 2013 -- Line number 86, a Boeing-owned 787 airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines, departs Paine Field in Everett, Wash. for a functional check flight. The airplane took off at 12:11 p.m. Pacific Time and landed 2 hours, 9 minutes later at 2:20 p.m.

The flight is a normal Boeing production check flight intended to validate that all systems function as designed. During a functional check flight, crews cycle the landing gear and operate all the backup systems, in addition to performing electrical system checks from the flight profile. Across airplane programs, more than 600 functional check flights were completed in 2012.

Following the completion of the functional check flight, we will analyze the data from the flight and prepare for certification ground and flight demonstration in the coming days. The plan is to conduct one certification demonstration flight. That flight, which will take plan on Line 86, will demonstrate that the new battery system performs as intended during flight conditions.

Boeing's Comprehensive Set of Solutions to the 787 Battery System

Caption: View of new 787 battery enclosure, which adds another layer of protection and eliminates the potential for fire. (Door not shown)

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Caption: New 787 battery enclosure, shown within electrical equipment rack for scale.

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Caption: The new 787 battery enclosure adds another layer of protection and eliminates the potential for fire. At right is cover for the enclosure, which is made of 1/8-inch stainless steel.

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Managing Supplier Quality

Caption: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Boeing 787 landing gear supplier. (Gail Hanusa photo)

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Caption: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Boeing 787 landing gear supplier. (Gail Hanusa photo)

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Caption: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Boeing 787 landing gear supplier. (Gail Hanusa photo)

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787 Electrical and Battery Systems

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Boeing Mobilizes its Resources

Boeing & NTSB

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