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Wichita Snapshots in Time

By Dan Ward

April 2016

In 1983, I was working in Industrial Engineering at Boeing Wichita, supporting the 737-300 program manager. I helped coordinate the joint rollout ceremony of the forward fuselage sections of the 1,000th 737 -- a 737-200 -- and Unit 1001, the first 737-300. They are on the rail cars that Boeing Wichita used to transport 737 fuselage sections to Renton, Wash., to the 737 final assembly facility.

Another photo shows an aerial view, looking north, of the Boeing Wichita Modification Center in 1984. I was working in Industrial Engineering at the Mod Center, supporting the Used Airplane Program manager.

At that time, Boeing started into the used airplane business, taking trade-in L-1011 airplanes from Delta Air Lines (see six L-1011s on the upper right side of the ramp in this picture). In this picture are other programs Boeing Wichita Modification Center was supporting at that time, F-4 PDM, the KC-135 Re-Engine, B-52 support, among others. Also, the square outline footprint, at the end of the south hangar, is the beginning of the construction for the new VC-25 hangar to support the two new 747-200's that were being added to the presidential fleet.

From top: Boeing Wichita forward fuselage rollout of the 1,000th 737 -- a 737-200 -- and Unit 1001, the first 737-300, in 1983; the Boeing Wichita Modification Center in 1984.

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