Boeing has begun fatigue tests on the fuselage of its new 787 Dreamliner.
The beginning of the test, to measure the durability of the mostly-composite fuselage over many landings and takeoffs, is about 18 months behind schedule.
The plane won’t leave the ground, but will be tested in a Boeing rig at Paine Field in Everett.
Over the next several weeks, the fuselage will go through thousands of simulated events to duplicate a lifetime of airline service. Boeing is designing the Dreamliner for a lifetime of some 44,000 landings and takeoffs. The fuselage will tolerate many more before developing problems if Boeing’s projects are correct.