March 02, 2015
Turbulence can make even the most frequent of flyers slightly uneasy. The heart starts pumping and the Bloody Mary starts sloshing. But, when you realise how much rigorous testing an airplane endures before it's free to fly, things start to seem less daunting.
Airbus performed the Ultimate Load test on an airframe of its A350 XWB Airbus where, at ultimate load, the plane’s wingtip deflection exceeded five metres. That meant the wings bent up by nearly 90 degrees.
During the Wing Flex testing on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the wings were flexed upward by roughly 25 feet. That's 150 percent of the most extreme conditions the aircraft is ever expected to experience during normal operation.
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