Mon, Dec 03, 2007
No Barrel Section Or Fastener Woes Here
While Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Scott Carson works to
bring the delayed 787 Dreamliner to market, he may take some
comfort in knowing another airplane he's intimately familiar with
The Seattle Times reports Carson is scheduled to take delivery
soon of a new CubCrafters Sport Cub S2 light sport plane. The
aircraft is moving down the assembly line in Yakima, WA, and
recently had its landing gear attached.
Carson is buying the plane for personal use. While the Sport Cub
is admittedly nowhere near as advanced as a Boeing bird, Carson's
plane will be equipped with modern offerings such as a glass panel,
and seatbelt airbags.
No composite barrel sections or specialized fasteners here,
though... and Carson may take some comfort in that, given the
recent production-related woes in the Dreamliner program.
In addition to the lure of a much simplier time, Carson
reportedly chose the Sport Cub due to his family's close ties to
McAllister Field, where CubCrafters is based. His father, Kit, took
a break from his career as a Boeing test pilot in the 1950s to work
as a contract pilot.
The elder Carson flew for 18 months for Lamson Aircraft, a
company working to bring a cropdusting plane to market. Though the
company failed, the design lived on as the Grumman AgCat. In a
touching bit of serendipity, Lamson was based in the same building
where CubCrafters now resides.
"We have a shared passion," Simmons said. "Scott is very much an
airplane guy, going back even to his teenage years."
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