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by kanban
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific
Replies: 37
Views: 6014

Re: JASDF F-35A fighter jet disappears from radar over Pacific

The press keep referring to this as the second accident in 'two decades' ... since first flight was in 2006 isn't that stretching it a bit ?

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by kanban
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The folding wings of the B777-9
Replies: 92
Views: 18267

Re: The folding wings of the B777-9

Spetsnaz55 wrote:

And why are they a let down? We always knew what size they would be. They fold and do their job. What did people expect??


I think people want them to flap on take off and rotate as speed brakes on landing.... :duck:

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by kanban
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA taking planes out of service for bad stow bins
Replies: 15
Views: 3721

AA taking planes out of service for bad stow bins

per https://finance.yahoo.com/m/16057125-7bc1-3619-8bd5-768cd9dfa6de/american-airlines-takes-jets.html , AA bought replacement stow bins for some 737-800 planes and they are deficient. The article doesn't specifically say what is wrong, but alludes to them not staying closed (last sentence in the ar...

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by kanban
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What soured relations between Boeing and Delta?
Replies: 81
Views: 13733

Re: What soured relations between Boeing and Delta?

:stirthepot: Oh if Boeing had just kept building 757's and MD 80 series Delta wouldn't need any buses.... :duck: :duck:

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by kanban
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 609
Views: 56606

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

If one only has a hammer, all, problems look like nails.. I think the issue here is if we look at the F-35 as the only fighter, then all operations will be tailored to it where it is the most capable in the situation or not. Having some other fighters that have different attributes allows greater mi...

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by kanban
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will the Boeing 737NG and A320CEO production cease
Replies: 52
Views: 11764

Re: When will the Boeing 737NG and A320CEO production cease

To make it simple, commercial airline 737NG's will end this year, Military 737 derivitives will continue as long as the Government keeps ordering them.

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by kanban
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30975

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

I don't know how many times I had to write up a production crew for FOD issues when I was doing process audits... drill shavings are bad enough but tools.....aaaaah!!!!!!!

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by kanban
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Seattle Times: "Houdini moments" Boeing cash flow
Replies: 32
Views: 5268

Re: The Seattle Times: "Houdini moments" Boeing cash flow

It amazes me at how much the media in Seattle hates Boeing. They never publish anything good about them. I wish they would it all to Charleston where they are appreciated. Good news seldom has legs or endurance... bad news goes everywhere quickly... There are positive Boeing news items more frequen...

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by kanban
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30975

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

It means they will cancel or RTB before their fueling mission is able to start, leaving the tanker with an excess of fuel to land with. and it can mean running out of fuel and ditching. other than large (C-17 etc) planes being refueled, most are small planes (fighters etc) that have a limited fuel ...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30975

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

Still don’t understand what ‘some receivers will falter before their turn’ means ! It means they will cancel or RTB before their fueling mission is able to start, leaving the tanker with an excess of fuel to land with. and it can mean running out of fuel and ditching. other than large (C-17 etc) pl...

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by kanban
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30975

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

RE bigger (KC-10/-11)tankers, we've had the discussion several times over the years that there is a limit to how much fuel can be offloaded to aircraft in the allowable refueling window. Bigger is not better as some receivers will falter before their turn and tankers carrying excess have to haul it ...

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by kanban
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Flight - Boeing Electric Flying Car
Replies: 35
Views: 4336

Re: First Flight - Boeing Electric Flying Car

thought this was a forum for aviation enthusiasts. seems I am wrong as it appears to be a forum for narrow minded traditionalist trolls.

I am glad to see the prototype and will watch it's progression to the point the program is spun off into an independent company.

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by kanban
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 14526

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

attached describes the window composition.. taking a bird strike leaves a window similar to the one pictured.. https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/16073/why-are-aircraft-windshields-not-unbreakable In the early 747 days there was a lot of external surface stress cracking, the flight crew me...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 14526

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

poor little sensitive rich boy .. 1Million miles and never had a flight problem? he should look at it as they landed and all were safe. Ok they were in an airport that didn't have a exec lounge to pamper his ego, but they could have been in upstate NY and kept on an unheated plane for 24 hours.

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by kanban
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14709

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Back in the old days, Boeing allowed groups of employees who were being recognized for something or other to ride on 727 test flights... Off we went (a group of 70 or so) flew around the sound and mountains for about 2 hrs. while the flight crew was doing tests.. then a fuel vent valve stuck open an...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers
Replies: 94
Views: 14823

Re: Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to 30-hr nightmare for passengers

Seems to me that this scenario happens about every 18 months where passengers are stranded at some upstate NY airport and the press goes wonkers. Realistically no airline has service agreements at every airport within 100 miles of their route paths just in case something happens. Coupled with a powe...

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by kanban
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How to make Boeing pay attention to the Philippine market?
Replies: 28
Views: 3171

Re: How to make Boeing pay attention to the Philippine market?

If airlines are not buying there isn't a lot a manufacturer can do but wait... Some A.neters seem to be oblivious to the fact that airlines not the manufacturers determine fleet size, make-up and when they want or can afford to buy.

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by kanban
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 248
Views: 70841

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

Bullet holes?!!!! What?!! Are you surprised? Anything that is dragged through half of USA and through rural areas has a high risk being used for shooting practice...... Please tell me there's some effort made to hold the idiot hillbilly perpetrators accountable. That's expensive and people that stu...

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by kanban
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 248
Views: 70841

Re: Boeing 737MAX Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

How frequent is damage to airplanes being built at Boeing? I know of two examples currently, where delivery is delayed as “in production” damage is being fixed. And I don’t mean bulletholes. not frequently. other than bullet holes there are scrapes (trees, other railroad equipment overhangs), somet...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019
Replies: 202
Views: 30975

Re: KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread 2019

while I disagree with creating a new thread for 2019, I believe the thought process was that it would begin to see the volume of posts like the commercial airplane model production and delivery threads.. doubt that will happen. so yes please reopen the old thread and delete this one.

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by kanban
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major fire at Airbus fuselage component plant
Replies: 25
Views: 5905

Re: Major fire at Airbus fuselage component plant

suggest we meet at Otti's Old B17 Bar across the street from the plant and solve the medias vagueness with a beer or two

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by kanban
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery
Replies: 1690
Views: 154346

Re: KC-46 Production, Testing And Delivery

When I was there, Customer support in general had the time off, AOG support was maintained at a skeletal level including packaging and shipping crews.

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by kanban
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350
Replies: 49
Views: 6214

Re: Germany considers buying an A330 or A350

I would suggest the A350 and get Lufthansa to handle the maintenance and flight preparations. Second Mexico has a Presidential 787 for sale..

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by kanban
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

CFRPwingALbody: Thanks for your input.. I've got google maps of both major sites and have tried identifying what takes place in each build, plus the flows for each aircraft series as the are rolled through processes. quite honesty it looks like somebody took several hands full of Monopoly houses and...

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by kanban
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 42
Views: 4722

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

6th Gen aircraft will be defined by both the manufacturers PR departments, and the military trying to spoof something over on congress. :duck:

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by kanban
Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

yes the guy was employed by Boeing but obviously didn't "work" for Boeing. The time frame was 1965. Those of you trying to grasp whether either company is profitable, you can find or create metrics to prove what ever you wish. However when Faury says the company needs improvement, I'd say ...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

imho 737 is 40 years old 320 is 30 years old both designs are ageing and, while they can perfectly (ish) fit in today's markets, both players will need brand new designs in the next 10 - 15 years. imho 330neo was not a mistake. it is clear that the most successful widebody of airbus needs some impr...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair looking at India flights in W19
Replies: 34
Views: 3988

Re: Icelandair looking at India flights in W19

This isn't about passengers, it's about exporting fish!!!! :duck: :duck:

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by kanban
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

Many of the B posters are offering ideas to assist improving, knowing that a good rival is worth far more than a marginally profitable one. Speaking of that; does Airbus do any active benchmarking???? Sure. "Airbus must set up shop like Boeing does". or else... There is a reason why Airbu...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

I'm not sure how soon we will see the results of Guillaume Faury's actions.. making a manufacturing process change as big as is needed will take resources that seem to be in short supply. The comment above about using the remaining A380 buildings for expanded A320 production is interesting however i...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

"Newbiepilot" nice information and pictures.. I used to manage parts for the wing line, it was a nightmare, and then all the riveting was done by hand.. a riveter on one side of the panel, a guy with a bucking bar on the other multiplied by five for each panel, and I think 12 panels in pro...

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by kanban
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 19818

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

In the other thread about Airbus production improvements http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1410145 , in post 118 there are some maps of TLS and XFW... if one plots the aircraft progression though the sites some of the more obvious non productive activities stand out. While the o...

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by kanban
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.

[quote="CFRPwingALbody"][/quote] Thanks for the maps and references for the FALs.. It must be a European mind set that just plops a FAL in a building without regard to the entire process. One of the things learned from world class manufacturing is that travel or moving product between buil...

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by kanban
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.

Gads the money being wasted here. Several seem to be bending over backwards to justify less than optimal through put on the production lines out of patriotism or whatever.. TSN and BFM are political appeasement lines and only Airbus can say if the expenditure will every produce a profit. XFW #1&...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.

Automation can be good for costs, and bad for agility and expertise retention. Automation results in step costs, so in an end of line situation, may be better off to produce white tails, and switch to the new model. Automation can be bad for design - automation may take precedence. Automation can b...

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by kanban
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.

A moving line for an airplane is quite nonsens isn‘t. But as even „experts“ like Kanban promoting it without explaining the benifits and constraintsp OK, let's start back in 1989, Boeing sent me on a year long sabbatical to research methods to improve the aircraft manufacturing process. At that tim...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.

IF Airbus freezes the 4th line, then upgrades another to a 4+ configuration as you suggest, the upgrades another to a 4++ etc, they will be right back where this started - 4 or more dissimilar lines each requiring unique manning and materials... that is not a recipe for process cost effectiveness un...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’

Both Airbus and Boeing will face a difficulty is there is a slowdown. The investment to increase the production rate might become unnecessary if it happens. The effect will be even more exacerbated if the backlog is not as firm as they are supposed to be. Both Airbus and Boeing must pray there is n...

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by kanban
Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’

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by kanban
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’

Let us now see, how does the ramp up in Renton for the 737 goes? Boeing had declared having enough capacity left in the lines there to raise production. The last I heard was that Boeing was collecting personal all over the Boeing Imperium to help with the of course non existing Problems at Renton. ...

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by kanban
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’

Let us now see, how in the world do you manage record deliveries without record factory through put? You can deduct the 30 undelivered frames at year end of 2017 from 2018 deliveries and still get record factory through put. It is laughable to find the Boeing fan boys here to try to find fault with...

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by kanban
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Airbus Plans To improve manufacturing automation.
Replies: 125
Views: 17832

Re: How Airbus Plans To Fly Out Of Its ‘Perfect Storm’

I recall a thread in the last year or so that indicated that NONE of the A320 family FALS contain the same level of automation and the plane itself was, as the article notes, was not not designed with "design for manufacture" as a critical element. there have been a hodge-podge of producti...

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by kanban
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mexico's presidential 787 being put into storage pending sale
Replies: 24
Views: 5240

Re: Mexico's presidential 787 being put into storage pending sale

To be fair, the new president was not involved in the previous administrations leasing and outfitting the plane. and as we have learned here, an incoming president can and does make policy changes that undo the previous administrations efforts. So he doesn't feel the expense is worth the status symb...

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by kanban
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 11043

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

kitplane01 wrote: "And the Concorde did have a freighter variant .. but it only sold to Air India and South African Airways so most people have never heard of it." some people forget to use the sarcasm smilies... :duck: However the TU-144 was used as a small package freighter (mail) before...

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by kanban
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?
Replies: 127
Views: 11043

Re: Next Wide Body Freighter will be the A330neo?

I don't understand people whose arguments center around " old technology", "old design" as the reason what's working isn't up to their ideals, while proposing something not on the drawing board that would be expensive as hell to produce, certify and sell at anything but a loss. F...

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by kanban
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter
Replies: 81
Views: 8503

Re: U.S. Air Force Begins Drafting Specs For Next Air Refueler, Airlifter

The B-21 will surely get turned into the large stealthy tanker. What a great way to 100 extra frames to the production run at the end and keep the production line open for extra bombers. . smacks of watching too many sci-fi war stories. first who needs a stealth tanker, especially at the costs it w...

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by kanban
Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo
Replies: 160
Views: 25516

Re: Airbus - hiring for new narrowbody and A350 neo

The latest job descriptions outline plans to develop digital replicas of production lines to test-run build rates of 100 narrow-bodies and 20 A350neos a month . Enforces the "focus on production" narrative.... I've always maintained that the A350 production plan was a mess due to the Fran...

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by kanban
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 157
Views: 54966

Re: Official 747-8 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

it would take at least 18-24 months to double the current rate and about 12 months each for incremental rate increases of 2 per year after that .. to sustain it they would go slower to enable long lead time items to be contracted. (landing gear takes 300 to 500 manufacturing days - and there are onl...

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by kanban
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?
Replies: 87
Views: 8373

Re: Did C-17 production end too soon after all ?

today Boeing announced the Long Beach plant property is up for sale... basically a nail in the coffin of the "what if...." crowd although the similar sale of the 757 production area hasn't stopped the "what if.... " crowd there Am I correct in remembering that the tooling was be...

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