Posts for category ‘Boeing’

Boeing KC-46A Smack-down: Boeing wins!
denisegl | February 24, 2011 | 3:20 pm

The Boeing Company has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service’s 400 KC-135 tankers. The contract calls for Boeing to design, develop, manufacture and deliver 18 initial combat-ready tankers by 2017. “We’re honored to be given Read more »

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A new wing for Boeing’s newest airplane
Steve | January 28, 2011 | 11:49 pm

the wing of RC001. photo by Boeing

RC001 is the test plane for Boeing’s first 747-8 Intercontinental, which will debut on February 13. Since earlier this month, RC001 has been under going a series of gauntlet tests including a closed loop system that simulates real flight, ground tests, and a factory gauntlet to test the functionality of the aircraft systems. You can view the premiere event of the 747-8i streaming live on the web on February 13 at 11am. For more information, visit

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You Peeked !
Steve | November 30, 2010 | 10:30 pm

EADS makes the slimy move of looking at Boeing’s confidential data.
Boeing however, did the right thing.

Boeing KC-767 tankers

In the wake of the USAF Shakespearean comedy of errors earlier this month of misaddressing envelopes to rival bidders in the KC-X tanker smackdown, the New York Times reported today that the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Company (EADS), had opened a computer file containing some of the data but that its rival, Boeing, had not.

The mixup, which started when the Air Force inadvertently sent each company the wrong data, has thrown the long-running effort to replace its Read more »

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Official Word from Boeing on Dreamliner 787
denisegl | November 10, 2010 | 4:13 pm

During approach to Laredo,Texas, yesterday, airplane ZA002 lost primary electrical power as a result of an onboard electrical fire. Backup systems, including the deployment of the Ram Air Turbine (RAT), functioned as expected and allowed the crew to complete a safe landing. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Boeing.  The pilots executed a safe landing and at all times had positive control of the airplane and all of the information necessary to perform that safe landing. Initial inspection appears to indicate that a power control panel in the aft electronics bay will need to be replaced on ZA002. We are inspecting the power panel and surrounding area near that panel to determine if other repairs will be necessary. Read more »

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Boeing Assembles First 747-8 Intercontinental Forward Fuselage
denisegl | September 15, 2010 | 8:14 am

Boeing (NYSE: BA) achieved another significant milestone for the first 747-8 Intercontinental Sunday night with the assembly of the airplane’s forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch (27.2 meters) fuselage section, featuring the airplane’s signature upper deck, was moved from the assembly tool for sealing and testing before beginning systems installation. The 747-8 features a stretched fuselage compared to that of the 747-400. It is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 meters) longer than its predecessor. Much of the stretch — 13 feet, 4 inches (4.1 meters) — is located in the forward fuselage. The remaining additional 5 feet (1.5 meters) are located aft of the wing. The 747-8’s stretched fuselage provides for 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration and 26 percent more cargo volume. The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental is the new, high-capacity 747 that offers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance.

By the way, have you seen this? You’ll love it.

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Boeing takes the brunt of The Onion’s humor
Steve | August 7, 2010 | 11:38 pm

Winding down a week of gloomy news of the first Boeing vendor to cancel 787 orders due to production delays, everyone needs a little humor to lighten things up. The farcical newspaper, The Onion published the following story on Friday.

Boeing Lays Off Only Guy Who Knows How To Keep Wings On Plane

CHICAGO—With the airline industry continuing to suffer under the ongoing recession, the Boeing Company was forced Monday to lay off Al Freedman, the only guy left at the corporation who knows how to keep wings from falling off planes. “We used to have a whole team of engineers who knew how to make the wings stay on, but those days are long gone,” Boeing CEO James McNerney, Jr. said. “We’ll make it work, though. The wings are not necessarily the most important part of the plane, anyway.” McNerney added that at least they were able to save the job of the guy who knows how to prevent jet engines from exploding.

read The Onion here:,17845

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Boeing news–The good news–Boeing receives three satellite contract
denisegl | August 6, 2010 | 4:07 pm

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from Inmarsat to build three Ka-band satellites to add to Inmarsat’s current mobile satellite services fleet. Financial details were not disclosed.The fixed-price contract, with options, calls for three 702HP commercial spacecraft with 89 Ka-band beams that will operate in geosynchronous orbit with flexible global coverage. The new satellite series, called Inmarsat-5, draws on Boeing’s four decades of experience gained from the production of more than 175 commercial communications satellites and its extensive expertise in Ka-band satellite communications systems. Read more »

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Makes International Debut
Steve | July 18, 2010 | 9:48 am

787 Dreamliner (ZA003) touches down in the UK

The Everett-built Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut landing at the Farnborough Airport at 9:09 a.m. (local time) today in support of the Farnborough International Airshow that begins Monday. This is the first international trip made by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airplane came via nonstop flight to Farnborough, U.K., from Seattle.

“It’s an honor to showcase the 787 here at the Farnborough Airshow,” said Scott Fancher, vice president Read more »

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Rally to support Boeing tanker jobs
Steve | July 5, 2010 | 6:34 pm

Senator Patty Murray

The Washington State Labor Council and the AFL-CIO is organizing a rally with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, July 9 in Everett at the Machinists 751 Hall, at 8729 Airport Road. Friday’s rally is intended to show community support for Boeing’s bid and for the positive economic impact it would have in our state and country. As WSLC President Rick Bender and other AFL-CIO state federation leaders from around the country pointed out in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, building the tankers “in America, with American workers, suppliers and materials will go a long way in protecting not only our economic recovery but it will also help maintain a domestic industrial base and will help protect our national security.” Read more »

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Would you fly in a Ukrainian built airplane?
Steve | July 3, 2010 | 6:39 am

U.S. Aerospace and Antonov to bid for U.S. tanker

the Antonov ‘New Generation’ AN-70 - Cargo Aircraft. Photo courtesy of Antonov ASTC

Are you ready for the next round in the KC-X Tanker smackdown? Reuters reported on Friday that Antonov, the state-owned Ukrainian plane builder is joining forces with U.S. Aerospace Inc, a small cash-strapped U.S. company, to enter the hotly contested competition to build a new generation of refueling tankers for the U.S. military. Bids are due by next Friday. Boeing and EADS have been ready for months to submit bids. The Antonov/U.S. Aerospace partnership is asking the Pentagon for Read more »

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