Boeing yesterday said it completed the side-of-body reinforcements on the first 787 Wednesday, installing new fittings at 34 stringer locations within the joint where the wing meets the fuselage, and that first flight remains on track before January. Fixes on the static test airframe and the second flight-test aircraft are scheduled to be finished "in the coming days," it said. "Completing this work is a significant step toward first flight. We continue to be pleased with the progress of the ...

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