Volume 03, Issue 2
F/A-22 MAKES SEATTLE DEBUT
A U.S. Air Force F/A-22 Raptor toured the Puget Sound region by air May 13 before landing for the first time in Seattle. Several hundred Boeing employees who work on the F/A-22 welcomed the plane to Boeing Field.
The Raptor, flown from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., by Boeing test pilot Randy Neville, remained on static display May 14 and 15, where it was viewed by hundreds of F/A-22 and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems employees and their families. The display was the Air Force's way of recognizing the more than 1,000 Boeing employees in Seattle who work on the F/A-22 program.
"This was a well-deserved opportunity for employees to see the plane they've helped build," said Bob Barnes, Boeing vice president and F/A-22 program manager.
Teamed with Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to design and build the F/A-22 for the Air Force, Boeing has lead responsibility for the training system, as well as for manufacturing the Raptor wings and aft fuselage and integrating and testing its advanced avionics.
COSPONSOR PAN-ARAB BUSINESS FORUM
The annual conference draws leaders and senior government officials from across the Arab world. More than 1,000 public and private sector attendees are expected, with most holding senior decision-making positions in areas such as public policy, banking and finance, infrastructure development, and contracting.
"Building relationships and demonstrating our commitment to the region will be a key factor in our success here," said John Craig, the recently appointed Boeing regional vice president for the Middle East.
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