November 2006
Volume 05, Issue 7
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Ready to fill 'er up

Boeing responded last month to the U.S. Air Force's recent draft request for proposals for next-generation tanker aircraft. Here's a look at Boeing's take on the draft RFP—along with an update on tankers it's building for Japan and Italy, and profiles of some Boeing employees on this program.


Ready to fill 'er upBUZZ SHADDy PHOTO

Main feature

A big deal

At first glance, there's no doubt that the 747 Large Cargo Freighter, which has begun its flight test program, looks like a unique airplane. But there's more to this aircraft than its one-of-a-kind shape: The LCF is an important tool in the production of the 787 Dreamliner.


Commercial Airplanes

Focus on the plan

Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, shares his thoughts on what the business unit needs to do to succeed in 2007 and beyond. Also in BCA coverage this month: John Cashman, chief test pilot, explains how he got to where he is now in his illustrious career.


Focus on the planmAriAn LOCKHArT PHOTO
Full of energyBOEING GRAPHIC

Integrated Defense Systems

Full of energy

Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, is the world's largest manufacturer of space solar cells. Its products are used in a wide range of applications, from high-intensity searchlights on police helicopters to rovers traversing Mars. Also in IDS coverage this month: the tale of how Boeing supports NASA leadership during space shuttle flights; and profiles of Boeing employees who are well-regarded for their aircraft knowledge.