Super Hornet, other systems
employed in coalition operations
pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter
Squadron 115 waits his turn to launch March 18 from the flight deck
of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian
Gulf. The Super Hornet, which first went into combat from Lincoln's
deck, can carry nearly 18,000 pounds of ordnance. Coalition forces
are employing a large number of Boeing defense systems in and around
Iraq. In addition to the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet
strike fighters, these include various satellites and satellite
constellations, the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, the E-3 Airborne
Warning and Control System, the F-15E Eagle strike fighter, the
AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft, the AH-64 Apache and AH-64D Apache
Longbow attack helicopters, the CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift transport
helicopter, MH-47D and E Special Operations Chinooks, the CH-46
Sea Knight transport helicopter, the B-52 Statofortress long-range
bomber, the B-1B Lancer long-range bomber, the KC-10 and KC-135
tanker aircraft, the Avenger and Patriot air defense system, weapons
such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition, the Conventional Air-Launched
Cruise Missile, and the Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response.
Condit shares in transatlantic
At a time when media reports show many Americans
appear to be writing off Europe as a political and military force,
Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit is doing his best to prevent
the transatlantic rift from spilling over into business and finance,
according to London's Financial Times.
The newspaper said that during Condit's March
visit to Europe, he met with three of the most powerful European
Union commissioners men in charge of trade, competition and
enterprise policyfor private talks. He revealed that his company
had recruited several high-profile former diplomats and politicians
to represent Boeing's interests in Europe.
Condit conceded the current rift between the
United States and Europe may hurt businesses on both sides of the
Atlantic. In his interview with the Financial Times, which spanned
politics and trade as well as regulatory and competition issues,
Condit said that more issues united Europe and the United States
than divided them.
"The United States–European relationship is a
very old relationship," said Condit, who also serves as co-chairman
of the Trans Atlantic Business Council. "For most of that relationship
we have been in marriage counseling, and at times like these we
are in intensive marriage counseling. But it is still the longest
international alliance that the world has ever seen. And it is still
But much remains to be done and Condit said both
sides should put emphasis on moves to harmonize their regulatory
regimes. He admited there are areas where a common position might
be hard to find. The old transatlantic dispute over state aid for
aircraft manufacturers is such a case. The two sides patched up
their differences in an agreement in 1992, but Condit said the deal
should eventually be revisited.
40 years, Boeing staff photographer Bob Claus put a cap on a career
that included photo subjects ranging from former President George
H.W. Bush to astronauts to space capsules, the St. Louis Post–Dispatch
reported. Claus retired from the company Feb. 28.
"He's very personable. That's one thing I have
always admired, his ability to get along with a crowd," said Boeing
photo lab manager Michael Gillespie, who has worked with Claus for
more than 25 years. "He's not afraid to try new things, and we have
had a lot of that with digital photography."
Claus said he always wanted to be a photographer.
After high school in Hermann, Mo., where he was born, Claus' desire
to take pictures led him to join the Army in 1959.
"I was a photographer in South Korea for 13 months
with [the military newspaper] Stars and Stripes," he said.
"Back then you had to serve your country. I enlisted rather than
be drafted. It was the only way to get into the Army's photo school."
His two-year military stint included time at
Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and in Germany during the Cuban Missile
"As soon as I came home, I looked down at the
McDonnell aircraft, and I said, 'I should try to get a job there,'"
Claus, 63, lives in Chesterfield, Mo., with his
wife, Pat. They have two sons and four grandchildren, who he said
will occupy a lot of his retirement time.
In general, Claus said his work made him happy.
Thinking back on his career, Claus said, "McDonnell Douglas and
Boeing have been a great place to work."
Museum of Flight celebrates
Northwest flight heritage
Almost 100 years ago, Orville
and Wilbur Wright flew the first successful powered airplane over
the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C. And this year, museums and festivals
throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation are celebrating
the evolution of aviation and the centennial of flight.
The Seattle Times reported that the Museum of Flight at
Boeing Fieldjust outside Seattle in Tukwila, Wash.will feature
movies, presentations, children's activities and new exhibits throughout
the year in honor of the centennial. Boeing has been a major supporter
of the museuman independent non-profit foundationsince its inception.
"It's very exciting because it gives everybody an opportunity
to step back and think how far we've come in 100 years," said Elissa
Lines, museum director of development and marketing. "A large part
of the technology involved in both air and space exploration has
come from this region. It's an opportunity to pull the community
together and celebrate regional pride."