History was made last month in the aviation industry as Boeing delivered its 1,500th 747 aircraft – the first wide-body airplane to reach this delivery milestone. As a longtime provider of bearings for aircraft ranging from helicopters to military jets and even space components, TriStar shared in the marvel of the moment.
Aircraft bearings have strict requirements for quality and performance; they must tolerate massive fluctuations in temperatures, pressurized cabins, all-weather conditions, plus extreme loads. And polymer bearings are becoming the go-to material for lift, tilt and pivot points in the steering, fuselage, wings and other areas of commercial aircraft. Unlike metal bearings, they provide self-lubricating service to save on greasing and maintenance costs. Here’s a sampling: