Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dreamliner Pilots Ready For Decompression

As Boeing engineers and test pilots push the envelope with the new 787 Dreamliner, we're reminded that aircraft are really flying hyperbaric chambers, and rapid decompression can be deadly. Fifteen years ago, during a Boeing 777 test flight, a clamp on an air-conditioning duct came loose at 43,000 feet, and several engineers on board got the bends and had to be treated in a hyperbaric chamber immediately upon landing. Learn more about the flight test program on the special Boeing website, and check out this cool video of the first 787 stall test.

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