Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/09/2011 02:02:49 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Boeing Aircraft once again is using San Bernardino International Airport to test aircraft.

According to a spokesman, Boeing is in the midst of conducting flight tests on 787 jets.

The planes feature engines made by General Electric.

“It’s a new engine that is, I believe, been designed specifically for this airplane,” said Bill Ingraham, aviation director for the airport. “When you certify an aircraft, you certify one or more engines that can go with it.”

Ingraham said Boeing will be conducting the tests until Dec. 21.

“They’re here for some flight tests,” he said. “I don’t really know the specific nature of the tests…they’re using this for a base of operation.”

The airport has a 10,000-foot runway, with enough clear zones for extensive aircraft testing, as well as large hangars that have been around since the airport was known as the Norton Air Force Base.

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