+1. Though I'm sure Boeing engineers would have preferred to get to 1.5x load and have it hold for exactly 3 seconds, this result is nearly as good. I'm guessing the PR folks will be swatting back the ill-informed opinionators who will portray this as a "failure" in the most misleading way, but that can't be helped, I suppose. There would be a lot of glum looks if the plane had gone to 1.6x load (for reasons stated in the article they wouldn't have actually tested that high). Being overstrength = being overweight, and every extra pound reduces fuel efficiency.Does anyone else find it impressive that the 777x failed so close to its ultimate load. For such a complex piece of engineering, to get the failure so close to ultimate shows that the design is very close to optimized for the minimum structure needed, in the area of the failure at least.
Yep, pretty amazing to get that close, and shows that some folks with a heck of a lot of skill put in a lot of effort to get this right.