New Products, New Milestones
In January 2002, the Boeing Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System began F-16 flight testing, and on Feb. 7, 2002, the company celebrated its 100th day in Chicago by awarding $1.7 million in community grants.
Other milestones for that year included delivery of the 1,000th 757 and the 100th 717-200 twinjet. Boeing also delivered the 232nd and 233rd AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters to the U.S. Army.
During its first flight, May 22, 2002, the X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) flew for 14 minutes at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California reaching an altitude of 7,500 feet. On June 19, 2002, the ScanEagle, a Boeing long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), successfully made its first autonomous flight at the company's Boardman test facility in eastern Oregon.
On July 22, Boeing signed a teaming agreement with Fokker Services, B.V., to establish a new European Support Center near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, part of a larger global support network offering comprehensive life-cycle maintenance and service for military aircraft around the world.
The 747-400ER made its first flight on July 31, 2002. The airplane was the 1,308th 747 assembled by Boeing in its Everett, Wash., factory, making it the world's most popular widebody jetliner. The same day, the Boeing Super Hornet was deployed operationally with the U.S. Navy.
In August, Boeing delivered its 90th C-17 to the Air Force and in September, Boeing was awarded a $378 million contract for accelerated JDAM production.
On Oct. 2, 2002, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-I), built for NASA by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, reached geosynchronous orbit to provide critical communications support for NASA's space shuttles, the International Space Station and numerous scientific spacecraft. Australia's first Project Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, a Next-Generation 737-700, rolled out in October, and the 777-300ER rolled out in November.
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