This is a testament to the digital legacy of the US Air Force’s first eSeries aircraft and a testament to the benefits of model-based engineering and 3D design.
The digital splice was completed in 95% less time than traditional splices and with substantial quality improvements.
“This moment marks a key milestone in the evolution of the T-7A Red Hawk,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president and head of Boeing T-7 programs. âUsing digitally advanced manufacturing and construction techniques developed by Boeing over the past two decades, we are bringing this trainer to future pilots earlier than ever and with better quality. “
The rear fuselage was designed and built by Saab in LinkÃ¶ping, Sweden, under a joint development agreement with Boeing. After traveling over 4,500 miles to St Louis, the rear section was perfectly aligned with the front fuselage by Boeing mechanics.
The aircraft, which will be used for static testing, is the first engineering and manufacturing development test asset to be spliced. It will be followed by five engineering and manufacturing development jets as part of the 351 T-7A Red Hawk trainers that will be produced for the US Air Force.
“What we are seeing in this new evolution of digitally designed, manufactured and manufactured aircraft is a 50% improvement in overall production quality and up to 98% reduction in drilling defects,” said Andrew Stark, Boeing T-7A Red Hawk. production director. âIt’s a new way to produce planes with improved quality throughout the journey. “