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Who Tests the Design of a New Airplane at Boeing?

Friday , Posted by AME at 12:31 AM

Crystal Harris’s Job:
Ever wonder who is testing the  design and development of a new aircraft? At Boeing, it is crystal and a team of engineers and technicians. As a flight test analysis engineer, she examines engine, noise levels, landing gear suspension and other systems to ensure aircraft safety and comfort.

Interesting Job Experiences: Testing of the aircraft enough adventure and of course, not an office job! As Crystal says, her team evaluates an aircraft of the fire alarm system(smoke detection system), "inflammation of contained fire and filling the test compartment with smoke, and then wait for the amount of time required for detection to occur."

She and the team as "heat soak" the plane to make sure the electrical system can withstand high temperatures. Another test they perform is racing airplanes at high speeds on runways and check the tires and brakes.

Testing a record-breaking plane:
The first plane Crystal ever tested broke the world record for the longest non-stop flight by a passenger airliner.  The Boeing 777 flew non-stop for almost 23 hours, taking off in   Hong Kong and landing in London—more than half way around the world!

Where Crystal Harris works:
The Boeing Company; Seattle, Washington

B.S. in aerospace science engineering, Tuskegee University, Macon County, Alabama.

A Tuskegee pilot
Tuskegee University is famous for being the home of the Tuskegee Airman, a group of African-American pilots who were World War II heroes. Crystal received her private pilot’s license while attending Tuskegee, and learned to fly in the same plane flown by the legendary C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, one of the original flight instructors for the Tuskegee Airmen!

Why she loves her job
“I decided to become an engineer because of my love for airplanes. I figured, since I fly them, I’d better know how they work.” Having a job that ensures the comfort and safety of airline passengers means a lot to Crystal. “The most important and rewarding part of life is giving back to others.”

Flying, volunteering in the community, and shoe shopping with her sisters.

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