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This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

John Jennings Bronze badge

Re: On the other hand

Concur - I remember the building of the Sherpa at Shorts in Belfast. They didnt build parts to be as strong or stiff as physically possible - the built them to be as consistent as possible.

Thats the main reason planes mostly use rivets, (and usually many types of rivet) rather than (potentially) stronger welds. Welds (even robotic) are not as consistent - even though generally they are stronger.

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