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Boeing announces final phase of 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Testing to begin.

M2 EQUITYBITES-February 13, 2012-Boeing announces final phase of 737 MAX Wind Tunnel Testing to begin(C)2012 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced on Sunday that the final phase of wind tunnel testing, a major milestone in airplane development, will begin on the 737 MAX programme next week.

Boeing said that testing will begin at QinetiQ's test facility in Farnborough, England, where engineers will substantiate the forecasted low-speed performance of the 737 MAX on takeoff and landing.

Testing will also be completed at the Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle to substantiate the forecast of the high-speed performance of the airplane. The models used for Next-Generation 737 wind tunnel testing, with modifications made to the aft fuselage, struts and nacelles, in addition to the new engine, will be used for the tests, the company said.

Test completion , which is expected by mid-2012, will be a major step toward firm configuration of the 737 MAX. This major design milestone will put the 737 MAX on track for 2017 entry into service

The 737 MAX, a new engine variant, builds on the strengths of the current Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal, the company said.

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