--A critical component of any new airplane development program
is its flight-test program. The Boeing Company builds all of
its airplanes with safety, quality and reliability being the
For a given
airplane model, each engine-airframe combination is thoroughly
tested and certified before the Federal Aviation
Administration approves it for entry into service.
flight-test program, which began in October, will consist of
five airplanes and more than 1,400 flight-test hours. The
program was finished in the third quarter of 1998. Fort two
weeks, the airplane was at Edwards Air Force Base in
Southern California, performing landing, takeoff, stability
and control tests.