May 2006 
Volume 05, Issue 1 
Around Boeing

Boeing makes record gift to Smithsonian

Boeing Aviation HangarBoeing has donated $15 million to the National Air and Space Museum, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, in continued support of the museum's education and preservation efforts. It is the single largest corporate gift ever presented to the Smithsonian.

The gift will help fund museum programming, the care of artifacts and remaining construction at the museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. In recognition of the donation, the central structure at the Udvar-Hazy Center will be known as the Boeing Aviation Hangar. A sign designating the new name was placed in the hangar last month.

"Once again, Boeing has stepped forward with a timely, magnanimous gift," said Lawrence M. Small, secretary of the Smithsonian. "Their past generosity has supported Air and Space museum lectures, galleries, preservation and the building of the Udvar-Hazy Center itself. We are very grateful for this vital support from a true friend of the Smithsonian."

Shanahan attends Ronald Reagan missile defense site dedication

Pat Shanahan, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, attended the April 10 dedication of missile defense facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., as the "Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site."

The ceremony paid tribute to President Reagan for his commitment to advancing the development of missile defense technologies to protect the United States, its deployed forces, allies and friends from a ballistic missile attack. Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency director; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England; former California Governor and U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.); and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Today, two installations in the United States house Ground-based Midcourse Defense system interceptor missiles--the Reagan site and Ft. Greely, Alaska. Boeing is prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the centerpiece of the Missile Defense Agency's layered ballistic missile defense architecture.

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