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A tale of success and hardship for Boeing's flagship 787.
While Boeing originally planned to complete the Dreamliner's first flight in 2007, a series of delays postponed the project. The 787 finally took to the air for the first time in December 2009.
While I've heard and read pretty much all the usual hype touted about this aircraft, I never saw any mention of how well (or how poorly) the composite materials would stand up to fire. Does anyone have any data on any difference in resistance to fire of composite materials compared to the more traditional aluminum?
Graphite composite has very good burn characteristics.
An excerpt from the FAA testing report
Check page 13 and 14 of the document at http://www.fire.tc.faa.gov/pdf/TN11-8.pdf
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