Boeing has elected not to replace all the temporary fasteners on the first six 787 test aircraft because they are not in critical load areas. The manufacturer confirmed a Leeham Co. report stating that "the small number of fasteners that won't be replaced are not easy to reach and don't represent a safety of flight issue. They have the ability to withstand the loads and number of cycles expected during the flight test program. They must be repaired before long-term operations begin so they ...

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