FAST FIVE: Why Boeing May Never Recover From 737 Debacle
But the most damning fact only briefly hinted at in the article is that the problems were evident as early as 2012, some five years before the newest 737 version was marketed and sold across the globe.
The other interpretation is that Forkner's lawyer might be telegraphing a legal defense, diminishing his role in anticipation of a lawsuit.
Whenever the FAA pushed, Forkner pushed back.
The New York Times notes the observations of Ray Craig, then Boeing's chief test pilot, that the plane wasn't flying smoothly even during the early development phase (that is, in 2012, five years before the first sales).
It is almost beyond belief that, once having tested and found a high-speed pitch-up problem programmed into the simulator in 2012, no one – neither the chief test pilot nor the aerodynamicists (the engineers responsible for the interaction of moving objects, such as airplanes with the atmosphere) – thought to check the wind-tunnel data or test the simulator to see whether there was a corresponding low-speed pitch-up problem.