There's a phenomenal amount of testing that's involved in bringing a new aircraft design on the market and getting certification from the aviation authorities in various governments around the world. You may remember the Boeing 777 Wing Test Video post from a few weeks back.
Well here's another one.
One of the design goals on the Airbus A380 engine is that the engine housing protect the aircraft (and its passengers) from harm if one of the fan blades breaks off. In the A380 Blade Off Test video, you get to see how it's done.
The next thing I should try to dig up is some flutter testing video. That should be fun. ;-)
Posted by jzawodn at February 14, 2007 10:20 PM