The siginifcant first flight of the 777 marks the beginning of a year of
flight tests designed to ensure the plane will be capable of surviving the
most extreme conditions it is ever likely to meet. The tests begin slowly,
with minor problems such as panels falling off and undercarriage doors
vibrating, and culminate in the test they call "The Big One," where Boeing
has to show that the plane can use maximum braking with its heavist weight,
without the 3,000 degree heat of the brakes setting the plane on fire.
21ST CENTURY JET: THE BUILDING OF THE 777
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