Snapshot WAITING FOR A LIFT: A CH-47F Chinook waits for fog to lift so Boeing pilots can make a production test flight late last year at Boeing’s H-47 production facility in Ridley Township, Pa. Boeing employees delivered a record 59 of the F-model helicopters to the U.S. Army in 2012; more than 220 CH-47F Chinooks have been delivered to date. In addition to U.S. Army aircraft, 2013 deliveries will include Canadian and United Kingdom Chinooks, for a total of 61 aircraft. The first Chinook was delivered 50 years ago. PHOTO: FRED TROILO/BOEING 10 BOEING FRONTIERS / FEBRUARY 2013 Quotables “We basically created a giant ear in the middle of the desert.” – Rebecca Shupe, an acoustics engineer for Boeing Research & Technology, on how Boeing engineers placed dozens of microphones near NASA’s Dryden Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California to capture the sound waves created by Boeing F/A-18s as they made passes over the array at just over the speed of sound. The tests will help engineers better understand the impact of supersonic sound waves over land. Boeing.com, Jan. 21. “We’re making smart bombs smarter.” – Josh Stonebraker, a munitions mechanic with Boeing’s Weapons & Missile Systems program in St. Charles, Mo., talking about what’s next, including a wing kit that will extend the range of Boeing’s Joint Direct Attack Munition “smart bomb” to more than 40 miles (65 kilometers). See story, Page 14.
Frontiers February 2013 Issue
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