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Wings of change for F/A-18, EA-18G programs

Cutting production costs and increasing capabilities continues to be a top priority for Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Sarah Mayer, director of affordability for the F/A-18 and EA-18G programs, said Boeing employees in St. Louis never stop looking for innovative ways to make the jet more affordable.

“That is better for the warfighting customer, but it’s also better for our taxpayers because that means a greater capability is being provided to support national defense and national security at a lower cost,” Mayer said.

Engineers on the F/A-18 and EA-18G production lines feel the same way. They brought about “wings of change” a few years ago, when they transformed the outer wing frames of these aircraft from a complex design made up of several small parts to an easy-to-install, one-piece frame.

That added up to millions of dollars in savings over the past few years for the U.S. Navy.

“In this particular environment, that’s just become even more important,” Mayer said. “The stories today about all of the deficit-reduction activities and how much that is putting a burden on everybody to try and find places to take cost out of their programs – this is unbelievably important.”

For the complete story – click above for a video report.