Fri, Jun 23, 2006
The C-17 Lives On... For Now
Long Beach lives on; at least, the Boeing plant there does. That
plant produces C-17 Globemaster IIIs, the backbone of the Air Force
transport fleet -- and Wednesday, the Pentagon announced production
of that aircraft will continue.
As Aero-News reported, the
Pentagon wanted to end the Globemaster line -- unwilling to spend
the money to foot the bill for the rest of the 180 C-17s on order.
We don't need them, say Air Force officials.
Now, however, the Pentagon has awarded Boeing's McDonnell
Douglas unit another $235 million to continue production through
the fourth quarter of this year. But Congress appears ready to go
even further. On Capitol Hill this week... the House approved
another $798 million to fund production of three more
Even so, that probably won't keep the 5,550 workers at Long
Beach on the assembly line beyond 2008. And when the plant
closes... so will the era of major aircraft production in Southern
"The fundamental bottom line is, Congress by itself cannot save
this program," said Boeing's director of airlift business
development, Dan Page, to the Los Angeles Times. "It's going to
take the administration from the White House on down acting to do
"What we really need is a long-term commitment," Page added.
Boeing's Long Beach plant is the last of what was once a number
of aero-manufacturing facilities in the area.
Garmin's New Aviation VHF Radios Early this year, a new series of aviation VHF COM and NAV/COM radios, the GTR and GNC series, was announced by Garmin. As the replacement products >[...]
Sign MoU With Diamond Aircraft On Electric Propulsion System EADS and Siemens are entering into a long-term research partnership to introduce new electric propulsion systems that c>[...]
The heights above the earth's surface of the lowest layer of clouds or obscuring phenomena that is reported as broken, overcast, or obscuration, and not classified as thin or parti>[...]
The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation (AAHF) is a non-profit public educational foundation dedicated to presenting the Army Aviation story to >[...]
“The serial electric propulsion allows us to design airplanes with totally different characteristics than today. Vertical take-off and high-speed cruise can be realized in a >[...]