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      Post #69927, posted on 04-20-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Boeing/Boeing-787-8-Dreamliner/4956637/L

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      Post #69929, posted on 04-20-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Sad to look at, but I wouldn't read anything into it. Three of the first five airframes are already in museums, this one's being broken up, and I think the other one is still being used by Boeing. In a program that tries new things the way the Dreamliner project did, it's the curse of being one of the pioneers: you forge a new trail, but for various reasons you can't join the working fleet.

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      Post #69930, posted on 04-20-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      These test birds would have required a lot of very expensive modifications for any airline to be able to use them. It just isn't a worthwhile proposition for Boeing to do so... Thus they are in museums (I've seen two of them now!) or being broken up as is seen here.

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      Post #69931, posted on 04-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Hopefully, this isn't the one at the Pima County Air Museum, is it? Heilig?

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      Post #69932, posted on 04-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      No, PASM has AV002, and its very much intact.

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      Post #69933, posted on 04-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      A bit dusty, but otherwise in fine shape...



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      Post #69934, posted on 04-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      If the caption is any indication, the breaking-up of that airframe is also providing reference points for the day when today's shiny new Dreamliners become tomorrow's tired, abandoned hulks lined up at Victorville and Marana.

      It hurts to see an aircraft broken up - there are individual airframes that meant a lot to me that are now history - but we can't save them all, and many of the ones that do get saved don't get the TLC they need to stay looking sharp. Airplanes, as with all machines, really do not like to sit around idle, and unless you have a resourceful and reasonably-staffed museum that stays on top of things, an airframe can look like faded, bleached-out, hazed-over, dry-rotted misery itself in no time at all. I've seen it happen too often.

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      Post #69935, posted on 04-21-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Im pretty sure that the dismantling of this particular airframe was always part of the plan for its participation in the flight test program. The 787 program pioneered a lot of new technology, and Boeing wants to know the long term consequences of all kinds of things associated with it. Dismantling it helps figure that out, as well as (as noted) allowing the development of methods for disposal and recycling of composite structures. So shes just fulfilling her ultimate design specs here.

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      Post #69936, posted on 04-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
      Interesting discussion. Thanks folks.

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      Post #69939, posted on 04-22-2018 GMT-5 hours    
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      A bit dusty, but otherwise in fine shape...



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