A review of critical technologies and manufacturing advances that have enabled the evolution of the composite fuselage is described. The author’s perspective on several development, military, and production programs that have influenced and affected the current state of commercial fuselage production is presented. The enabling technologies and current approaches being used for wide body aircraft fuselage fabrication and the potential reasons why are addressed. Some questions about the future of composite fuselage are posed based on the lessons learned from today and yesterday.
- Understand the critical technologies that enabled the manufacture of commercial wide body aircraft
- Recite important historical development programs focused on fuselage development
- Formulate strategies to benefit from the technologies that will be applied on the next generation of commercial composite fuselages