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July 1 -- Boeing delivered the U.S. Air Force's 174th C-17 during ceremonies at the company's Long Beach, Calif. assembly facility. Assigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, it is the ninth of 13 C-17s scheduled to be delivered to Dover.
June 30 -- President Bush signed a fiscal year 2008 supplemental defense spending bill that includes $3.6 billion in funding for an additional 15 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The $165 billion bill extends the C-17 production line through August, 2010.
June 11 -- Boeing delivered the UK's sixth C-17 during a ceremony at the company's Long Beach, Calif., C-17 manufacturing facility. The delivery completes the RAF's initial order.
May 22 -- Boeing delivered its 173rd C-17 to the United States Air Force. The aircraft is assigned to the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Delaware.
May 13-14 -- C-17s from the Royal Australian Air Force and Canadian Forces delivered more than 70 tons of emergency aid to Myanmar to support the millions of victims of Cyclone Nargis.
May 9 -- The Pentagon notified Congress of a pending foreign military sale of two C-17s to the NATO alliance's Strategic Airlift Capability Consortium.
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A high-wing, 4-engine, T-tailed military-transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or night. The massive, sturdy, long-haul aircraft tackles distance, destination and heavy, oversized payloads in unpredictable conditions. It has delivered cargo in every worldwide operation since the 1990s.
The C-17's ability to fly long distances and land in remote airfields in rough, land-locked regions make it a premier transporter for military, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. It can:
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ST. LOUIS, July 11, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], U.S. Army leaders, supplier representatives and other guests celebrated the first flight of the AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter this week in Mesa, Ariz. Just prior to a ceremony attended by more than 300 people at the company's Apache production facility, the aircraft was flown by two Apache-rated aviators -- U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and an Army experimental test pilot, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rucie Moore.
"This milestone is a testament to the tremendous team effort of Team Apache -- the U.S. Army, our worldwide industry suppliers and Boeing," said Al Winn, Boeing vice president of Apache Programs. "The technologies incorporated into the Block III helicopter come from a cross-section of the best of industry."
Experimental test pilots -- one U.S. Army soldier and one Boeing teammate -- initially flew this Block III prototype aircraft over the Arizona desert on June 27 in preparation for today's ceremony, which commemorates the success of engineers, production teams and program managers in keeping the Apache Block III program on time and on budget.
Ensuring the continued relevance of this rotorcraft platform for the warfighter, Apache Block III technologies deliver network-centric communications capabilities, extended ranges for sensors and weapons, unmanned aerial systems connectivity and control, and enhanced aircraft performance. The Block III technologies have been successfully tested and matured through a planned process of continuous modernization used since the delivery of the first AH-64A model to the U.S. Army in January 1984 and throughout the deliveries of AH-64A Apaches and AH-64D Apache Longbows to the Army and the defense forces of 10 nations around the world.
"Built upon a legacy of success, the Apache Block III will deliver mission-critical performance capabilities to U.S. Army aviators, facilitating successful operations across the spectrum of conflict," U.S. Army Apache Project Manager Col. Derek Paquette said to Boeing teammates who worked to build the helicopter.
The Army awarded Boeing the first Apache Block III contract in June 2005. In accordance with contractual milestones, Boeing plans to begin Low Rate Initial Production in April 2010 and to deliver the first production AH-64D Apache Block III in June 2011.
Boeing will promote its global aerospace leadership and the advanced capabilities of its commercial and military aircraft July 14-20, 2008 at the 46th edition of the Farnborough International Airshow in England.
The Boeing exhibit will highlight technologies the company is implementing now, and researching for the future, to improve the environmental performance of its products and the air transportation system. In addition, Air India, India's national flag carrier, will display a new, fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300ER.
Boeing's defense showcase will feature a daily flying demonstration by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The company and its customers will also display the C-17 Globemaster III military transport, the F-15C Eagle fighter jet, the CH-47 Chinook medium-lift helicopter, the ScanEagle unmanned air vehicle, and Harpoon and SLAM-ER missiles.
Boeing leaders will hold a series of briefings on key programs and issues throughout the show.
EVERETT, Wash., June 20, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] has completed the Power On sequence for the first 787 Dreamliner, marking the completion of the next major milestone on the path to first flight later this year.
Power On is a complex series of tasks and tests that bring electrical power onto the airplane and begin to exercise the use of the electrical systems. The 787 is a more-electric airplane with the pneumatic, or bleed air, system being totally replaced by electronics.
"The team has made great progress in bringing the bold innovation of the 787 to reality," said Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "There is plenty of work to be done between now and first flight, but with every step forward we grow more and more confident."
The Power On sequence began in early June with a series of pretest continuity checks to verify that the wiring installed in the airplane had been connected properly. Upon completion of those checks, the Boeing team plugged in an external power cart and slowly began to bring full power into each segment of the system, beginning with the flight deck displays. From that point forward, the pilot's controls were used to direct the addition of new systems to the power grid.
At each step of the testing, power is allowed to flow into one additional area and gauges are used to verify that the right level of electrical power reached the intended area. "We are very methodical in ensuring the integrity of the airplane's systems," said Shanahan. "In completing the Power On sequence, we have verified both that the electrical power distribution system is installed as designed and that it functions as intended."
Work will continue to finish building the first 787 and further test its readiness for operations. First flight is expected in the fourth quarter.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a more fuel-efficient mid-sized jetliner capable of serving on long-distance routes. The 787 is expected to enter revenue service in 2009 after an extensive flight test program.
Fifty-eight customers around the world have ordered nearly 900 787s since the program was launched in April 2004, making the Dreamliner the fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history.
ST. LOUIS, June 10, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], in partnership with ImSAR and Insitu Inc., achieved a major milestone in May with the real-time processing of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data aboard a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft (UA) equipped with a standard inertially stabilized electro-optical (EO) camera. Combining the radar and the camera on the ScanEagle helps warfighters adapt to conditions with poor visibility. The tests marked the first time SAR and EO capabilities have flown together on such a small, lightweight platform.
During test flights on May 28, ScanEagle, outfitted with ImSAR's NanoSAR, flew over a variety of targets as real-time SAR processing was demonstrated with streaming radar images displayed on the ground station. Creating real-time images onboard ScanEagle eliminates the requirement of either processing imagery on the ground after flight or using high-speed data links to a ground station.
"This capability builds on our previous flight tests with the NanoSAR payload," said Carol Wilke, Boeing ScanEagle chief engineer. "With real-time streaming SAR imagery now available in the ScanEagle ground station, we can provide additional tactical, actionable intelligence to the warfighter.
"We expect to continue to mature this product in the coming months and hope to begin talking with potential customers in the near future," Wilke added.
"With NanoSAR, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can continue to provide real-time surveillance through smoke, fog, sand, snow, rain and darkness, augmenting EO capability and expanding the range of possible missions a small UAS can accomplish," said Adam Robertson, NanoSAR program manager for ImSAR.
The weights of standard SARs range from 50 to 200 pounds, but NanoSAR weighs 2 pounds and is the size of a shoebox. NanoSAR's image processor is fully integrated and self-contained, making synthetic aperture radar's ability to "see" in poor-visibility situations viable on small UAs for the first time.
Since 2004, the ScanEagle system has proven on a daily basis that it is the best-value solution to support warfighters in the field around the world. It has logged more than 80,000 combat flight hours with the U.S. Marines Expeditionary Force, the U.S. Navy and the Australian Defence Force in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Navy has logged more than 1,000 shipboard recoveries using ScanEagle.
ScanEagle, a joint effort of Boeing Advanced Systems' Advanced Precision Engagement & Mobility Systems and Insitu, was developed as a low-cost, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft to provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as flexible, rapid deployment for a variety of government and civilian applications.
Boeing's 1st C-130 AMP Aircraft Completes 100th Flight
ST. LOUIS, June 09, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] said today that the first C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft, H2, has completed its 100th flight. The aircraft, which is undergoing flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), Calif., has flown several cross-country sorties and is ahead of development schedule. The milestone also marks the halfway point in the aircraft's flight-test program.
"This achievement is a testament to the robustness and reliability of the AMP systems," said Mike Harris, Boeing vice president and C-130 AMP program manager. "The systems' maturity allows the flight-test program to keep up with a high frequency of flight operations. We are very pleased with the aircraft's performance and with the Boeing and U.S. Air Force team who together are making AMP a success."
Two C-130 AMP aircraft are currently located at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, and both continue to exceed ground- and flight-testing expectations.
"Testing is progressing ahead of schedule," Harris said. With the majority of the AMP aircraft's systems exercised, some testing is now being used to gather data to support the next software build, Core Complete 2.2.
A third aircraft, H3, is undergoing modifications and upgrades at Boeing Support Systems' San Antonio facility. The aircraft will receive a fully integrated, night-vision-goggle compatible, digital glass cockpit and a new digital avionics system.
The aircraft is one of more than 200 C-130 aircraft that Boeing Support Systems will modify under the AMP initiative, which provides enhanced digital avionics, increasing situational awareness for the warfighter. The AMP upgrade also brings commonality to the C-130 fleet and offers flexibility in assigning aircrew, regardless of the model design type. The Air Force awarded Boeing the AMP contract in 2001. Boeing plans to begin Low Rate Initial Production next year.
In operation since 1957, the KC-135 Stratotanker is used primarily to re-fuel aircraft during flight. Modified KC-135s, however, serve as flying command posts, pure transport, electronic reconnaissance, and photo mapping craft.
The KC-135 possesses the following characteristics:
During a 13-year period ending in 1988, Boeing replaced the lower wing surfaces with an improved aluminum-alloy skin. The program included the following tasks:
To increase takeoff and carrying capacity, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce engine noise and pollution levels, Boeing replaced the original KC-135A engines with CFM56 engines for the U.S. Air Force. The serviced aircraft were re-designated as KC-135Rs, and the engine-replacement program achieved the following results:
The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard retained Boeing to replace KC-135-A engines with refurbished JT3D engines taken from used commercial 707 airliners. The aircraft designation changed to KC-135E, and the program achieved the following results:
The U.S. Air Force retained Boeing to provide the following improvements: add wingtip, hose, and drogue refueling pods; modernize the cockpit; provide new compasses and radar systems; and install a global positioning system (GPS).
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.
Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. The company continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. The broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family; integrating military platforms, defense systems and the warfighter through network-centric operations; creating advanced technology solutions; and arranging innovative customer-financing solutions.
Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 160,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries, with major operations in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, southern California and St. Louis. Total company revenues for 2007 were $66.4 billion.
Boeing is organized into two business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Supporting these units is Boeing Capital Corporation, a global provider of financing solutions; the Shared Services Group, which provides a broad range of services to Boeing worldwide; and Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology, which helps develop, acquire, apply and protect innovative technologies and processes.
Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years. With the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas in 1997, Boeing's leadership in commercial jets, joined with the lineage of Douglas airplanes, gives the combined company a 70-year heritage of leadership in commercial aviation. Today, the main commercial products are the 737, 747, 767 and 777 families of airplanes and the Boeing Business Jet. New product development efforts are focused on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the 747-8. The company has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet. Through Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, the company provides unsurpassed, around-the-clock technical support to help operators maintain their airplanes in peak operating condition. Commercial Aviation Services offers a full range of world-class engineering, modification, logistics and information services to its global customer base, which includes the world's passenger and cargo airlines, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities. Boeing also trains maintenance and flight crews in the 100-seat-and-above airliner market through Alteon, the world's largest and most comprehensive provider of airline training.
Boeing is the world's second-largest defense company. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems provides end-to-end services for large-scale systems that combine sophisticated communication networks with air-, land-, sea- and space-based platforms for global military, government and commercial customers. The company offers an extraordinary range of defense and space systems products and services. It designs, produces, modifies and supports fighters, bombers, transports, rotorcraft, aerial refuelers, missiles and munitions and is on the leading edge of military technology through its unmanned systems development efforts. Integrated Defense Systems also supports the U.S. government on several programs of national significance, including the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense program, the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and NASA's International Space Station. The company has become the systems integrator for several new programs, including the U.S. Navy's Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Program, the U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems and Joint Tactical Radio Systems, the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals for the Department of Defense, and SBInet, a critical component of the Secure Border Initiative managed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Boeing Capital Corporation is a global provider of financing solutions. Working closely with Commercial Airplanes and Integrated Defense Systems, Boeing Capital Corporation arranges, structures and/or provides financing to facilitate the sale and delivery of Boeing commercial and military aircraft, satellites and launch vehicles. With a year-end 2007 portfolio of approximately $6.5 billion, Boeing Capital Corporation combines Boeing's financial strength and global reach, detailed knowledge of Boeing customers and equipment, and the expertise of a seasoned group of financial professionals.
Shared Services Group allows business units to focus on profitable growth by providing the infrastructure services required to run their global operations. The group provides a broad range of services worldwide, including facilities services, employee benefits and services, staffing, recruitment, wellness programs, enterprise help desk, security, fire protection, site operations, disaster preparedness, construction, reclamation, conservation programs, virtual workplace, creative services, transportation, business continuity and the purchase of all non-production goods and services. It also offers comprehensive travel services to Boeing employees and corporate customers through the Boeing Travel Management Company. In addition, Shared Services Group manages the sale and acquisition of all leased and owned property through the Boeing Realty. By integrating services, Shared Services Group delivers greater value, creates "lean" processes and operations, leverages buying power and simplifies access to services for all of Boeing.
Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology supports Boeing's business units and growth strategy by providing the right people, technologies, processes and performance at the right time and in the right place across the company worldwide. This strategy is delivered in various ways by the primary organizational groups -- Phantom Works, Intellectual Property Management, and Information Technology, and its leadership role in the Engineering, Operations, Quality, and Information Technology process councils. Through all its activities, Engineering, Operations & Technology helps ensure the future success of Boeing by winning strategic new programs, providing innovative technology and process solutions, transforming Boeing into a global network-centric enterprise, enhancing and protecting the company's intellectual capital, and fostering a culture of innovation.
ST. LOUIS, May 16, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] held a grand opening for its new EA-18G Growler Support Center (GSC) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., Tuesday in preparation for the delivery of the first EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy fleet. The center will provide technical and logistics support for the Navy's premier airborne electronic attack aircraft. The Navy will accept the first fleet Growler at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the aircraft's home base, in early June.
"This is not just a building. It is the culmination of the efforts of a lot of people," said Capt. Brad Russell, commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "We are excited to have Boeing aboard as part of the Whidbey team."
The GSC will house approximately 24 representatives from the Navy and the Hornet/Growler industry team of Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and General Electric. The center, along with the base's existing supply chain management facility, will ensure that logistics support for new Growlers is readily available.
"It is crucial to have the GSC up and running now so that we can be prepared to support the Growler as soon as it arrives at Whidbey Island," said Mark Fruits, program manager for F/A-18E/F Integrated Readiness Support Teaming (FIRST) for Boeing. "It's exciting to see the partnership between industry and the Navy continue to grow with the Growler entering service, and we look forward to working together for years to come."
FIRST is a performance-based logistics (PBL) program in which Boeing oversees inventories, forecasts demand and procures spare parts for the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleet. (The EA-18G is derived from the combat-proven F/A-18F.) Boeing also provides technical information, on-site engineering services and field services. Through a PBL program, the customer pays for a set level of performance, not individual spare parts and services.
The Hornet/Growler Support Network also operates centers at Naval Air Stations Lemoore, Calif., and Oceana, Va. The centers, part of a Navy-industry logistics support plan, help lower total ownership costs for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G.
Boeing, acting as the weapon system integrator and prime contractor for the EA-18G, leads the Growler industry team. Northrop Grumman is the principal subcontractor and airborne electronic attack subsystem integrator. The Hornet/Growler industry team divides EA-18G production across Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Electric and Raytheon manufacturing facilities. Naval Air Systems Command PMA-265 is the U.S. Navy acquisition office for the EA-18G.