Wednesday, July 18, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Rolls-Royce Boeing 747 "flying test bed" is at Tucson International Airport as part of a project with Raytheon Technical Services to test the Trent 1000. Raytheon won a contract with Rolls-Royce to provide site test and maintenance operations services for the flying test bed, Raytheon spokeswoman Melissa Cleary said. The Rolls-Royce engine is designed for the Boeing 787. Boeing also offers customers the GE Aviation GEnx for the fuel-efficient 787. (Source: Arizona Daily Star, 07/17/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce tests jetliner engines at its outdoor test stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Raytheon Technical Services has an operation at SSC.