The Boeing Logbook: 1977 - 1982
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1977 The Hughes Helicopters Model 500MD/TOW Defender makes its first flight.
McDonnell Douglas establishes the Electrophoresis Operations in Space (EOS) to explore ways to process materials under weightless conditions.
January: A modified Boeing 747 is delivered for use as a delivery vehicle for the Space Shuttle.
June: By the end of the month, three Rockwell International B-1As have flown 118 hours, totaling 646 hours of flying time with more than 21 hours at supersonic speed.
July 8: Boeing Engineering and Construction starts building the world's largest wind turbine, with a 300-foot-diameter blade atop a 200-foot tower.
July 8: The 500th North American-built commercial Sabreliner is delivered to the Procter & Gamble Co.
July 14: The first Hughes-built Geostationary Meteorological Satellite (GMS) is launched aboard a McDonnell Douglas Delta rocket. Designed for a five-year mission, GMS-1 would be jointly operated by the U.S. and Japan from 1977 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1984.
July 22: The North American F-100D Super Sabre used by the Thunderbirds USAF Flight demonstration team is presented to the Air Force Museum at Dayton, Ohio.
Oct. 28: First production deliveries of ACES II ejection seat begin. Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., produces the seats for use on Air Force F-15, F-16 and A-10 tactical aircraft.
December: Satellite Business Systems (SBS) orders from Hughes Aircraft's Space & Communications Group three HS-376 spacecraft customized for private business communication services.
Dec. 19: The U.S. Air Force selects a modified version of the Douglas DC-10 as winner of the Advanced Tanker/Cargo Aircraft competition.
1978 NASA selects Hughes Space & Communications to build the second generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), launched between 1980 and 1987. These five satellites will introduce an advanced atmospheric sounder, able to capture vertical profiles of temperature and humidity throughout the atmosphere.
March: Boeing is contracted to build the inertial upper stage (IUS) rocket to boost Space Shuttle payloads.
April 26: NASA launches the Boeing Applications Explorer Mission 1 (AEM-1).
May: NASA's Pioneer II spacecraft, originally launched by North American's Rocketdyne engines, reaches Saturn after a six-year, 20 billion-mile journey.
May 20: NASA launches the Hughes Space & Communications Pioneer Venus 1 orbiter to study the planet from above its clouds. It will send back data until October 1992. Pioneer Venus 2 multiprobe will be launched Aug. 8 to study the planet's atmosphere below the clouds. One of the three probes will survive and return surface data for 67 minutes before being crushed and burned by the Venusian atmosphere at 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
May 24: McDonnell Douglas Phantom number 5,000, an F-4E (serial number 77-0290), is delivered.
June: Rockwell International's Atomics International becomes the Energy Systems Group. Its programs include nuclear energy, fossil energy systems, environmental monitoring and control services, testing and engineering services in liquid-metal and energy-related developments, nuclear weapons components, chemical processing radioactive waste management, and site support at Hanford, Wash.
July 14: Boeing begins production of the 767.
Aug. 31: Boeing begins production of the 757.
Nov. 9: The first McDonnell Douglas St. Louis-built Harrier, a prototype AV-8B Harrier II V/STOL attack aircraft for the Marines, makes its first flight.
Nov. 18: The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet naval strike fighter makes its first flight.
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1979 Feb. 18: The Boeing-built AEM-2, a stratospheric aerosol and gas experiment (SAGE), is placed in Earth orbit.
Feb. 27: The Navy takes delivery of the last of 2,960 McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk fighters.
May 11: The Boeing Chinook CH-47D makes its first flight.
July: Rockwell's unmanned HiMAT subscale aircraft built for NASA makes its first flight.
July 11: The unoccupied McDonnell Douglas-built Skylab re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and burns up.
Oct. 18: The Douglas DC-9 Super 80 twin-engine jetliner, sixth basic model and largest of the popular DC-9 series, makes its first flight.
Oct. 25: The Air Force takes delivery of the last U.S.-built McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. It is the 5,057 Phantom to roll out from the plant at St. Louis, Mo., since May 1958.
Nov. 13: McDonnell Douglas delivers the 1,000th Harpoon anti-ship missile to the Navy.
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1980 Feb. 21-22: Rockwell's Sabreliner Model 80 sets a long-range flight record for its class, flying 2,653 miles from Boston, Mass., to Paris at 528 mph.
April 17: Three Boeing-built MOD-2 wind turbines are started up during a dedication ceremony at Goodnoe Hills, about 13 miles east of Goldendale, Wash.
July: Boeing begins to build an assembly facility for the air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) program in Kent, Wash.
July 12: The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender, advanced aerial tanker and cargo aircraft, makes its first flight.
Aug. 22: James S. McDonnell dies. His nephew, Sandy McDonnell, becomes chairman and John McDonnell, the founder's son, becomes president.
September: Boeing begins studying the space station concept under a NASA contract.
September: Hughes Space & Communications GOES D is placed in synchronous orbit by a McDonnell Douglas Delta 3914 booster. It makes the first vertical temperature measurements from synchronous orbit.
December: The 500th Boeing 747 rolls out at Everett, Wash., and the original Boeing manufacturing building, the "Red Barn," is moved to its final site at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.
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1981 Hughes Helicopters receives the first contract for production of the AH-64A Apache.
Feb. 1: Donald W. Douglas dies.
March: The first Boeing-built NATO AWACS is delivered to West Germany.
March: Hughes Space & Communications satellites for SBS begin delivering integrated voice, data, electronic mail and video communications transmissions over the first all-digital domestic commercial communications satellite system operating in the 14/12 GHz K-band.
April 12: Rockwell-built Columbia is the first Space Shuttle to fly into orbit.
April 23: McDonnell Douglas delivers its 2,000th ACES II ejection seat to the Air Force.
May: Hughes Space & Communications GOES E satellite is launched. GOES F will be launched in April 1983.
June 19: The Boeing commercial Chinook Model 234LR helicopter gets its FAA certificate.
Aug. 28: The Air Force selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for the four-engine C-X cargo aircraft, a long-range transport capable of flying outsize cargo directly to small austere airfields.
Sept. 26: The Boeing 767-200 makes its first flight.
Nov. 5: First full-scale development McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II makes its first flight.
Nov. 18: A navalized version of the RAF's Hawk jet trainer, proposed by a team headed by McDonnell Douglas and British Aerospace, is selected by the Navy as winner of the VTXTS undergraduate jet flight training system.
Dec. 17: The first NOTAR system-equipped helicopter, a Hughes-built OH-6A Cayuse, makes its initial flight, paving the way for a large family of "no tail rotor" helicopters.
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1982 Hughes Helicopters MD 500 commercial helicopter and MD 530F make their first flights.
January: The U.S. Air Force directs Rockwell International to begin production of 100 B-1B bombers.
February: Boeing designs a solar power satellite system capable of providing power to a million homes.
Feb. 19: The Boeing 757-200 makes its first flight.
March 1: Hughes Helicopters breaks ground for the Apache Assembly and Flight Test Center in Mesa, Ariz. The facility will be dedicated and become operational in December.
March 31: Rockwell International wins contract to build HELLFIRE missiles and launchers.
July: Boeing Computer Services installs a companywide telecommunications network.
July 28: The first McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet is delivered to the Canadian Forces Air Command.
Sept. 15: The Douglas Aircraft division of McDonnell Douglas delivers its 2,000th jet airliner, a DC-10 built for United Airlines.
October: NASA launches the first Boeing IUS. It places two communications satellites in orbit.
November: A new designation system for McDonnell Douglas commercial aircraft combines the "M" of McDonnell and the "D" of Douglas. The first aircraft to use the designation is the DC-9 Super 80, which now becomes the MD-80.
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