737 Max Wind Tunnel Testing

737 MAX mockup (photo: Boeing)

737 MAX mockup (photo: Boeing)

Boeing: Final Phase of 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Tests

The Boeing 737 MAX is a newly engined variant of the popular aircraft with CFM International LEAP-1B engines.  While there are no major fuselage changes, modifications were made to the aft fuselage, struts, and nacelles, in addition to the new engine.

Today, the Boeing 737 MAX reaches a major milestone as it it begins the final phase of wind tunnel testing.

Michael Teal, Chief Project Engineer and Deputy Program Manager, 737 MAX program, said, “Wind tunnel testing is on the critical design path of the program.”  Teal continues, “Based on previous work in the wind tunnel, we are confident this final phase of testing will substantiate our predictions of the aerodynamic performance of the airplane.”

Wind Tunnel Testing will start at QinetuQ’s test facility in Farnborough, England.  Here engineers will confirm the predicted low-speed performance of the 737 MAX on takeoff and landing.   QinetiQ, A FTSE250 company, uses its sphere of knowledge to provide technical advice to customers in the global aerospace, defense and security markets.

Additional wind tunnel tests will be completed at Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle to substantiate the forecast of the high-speed performance of the 737 MAX

“This final phase of wind tunnel testing confirms that we are on track to complete our design goals and deliver the 737 MAX to customers beginning in 2017,” said Teal.

The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737 combined with the latest-technology to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal.  Airlines operating the CFM International LEAP-1B powered 737 MAX will see a 10-12 percent fuel burn improvement over today’s most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes and a 7 percent operating cost per-seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition.

To date, the 737 MAX has received more than 1,000 orders and commitments from 15 customers.

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