Ground Testing Approach for the B-1B Bomber 851796
Existing methods for production ground testing the B-1B would create an undesirable and cumbersome work environment. The noise generated by the equipment along with hoses, cables and ducts on the floor produce a safety hazard. The information presented here deals with a new approach to meet the aircraft delivery rate requirement. Goals were established and a review of existing methods provided the “stepping stones” to the solution. The use of high technology computer applications is discussed along with the equipment types used on the B-1B bomber. This is the first automated approach to ground testing and checkout of complex aircraft mechanical systems.