big moments in my Boeing career,” Wilson said. “If you have ever been there, you know that is one awesome skyline. And with that jet doing its maneuvers, it was one awesome sight.” The Super Hornet and Growler are built on the same St. Louis production line. Earlier this year, Boeing delivered the 100th Growler to the U.S. Navy, which wants more. But continued production of the Growler after a couple more years will depend on additional funding by Congress. Wilson could be speaking for many other employees when he talks about the importance of continued fighter 22 Frontiers October 2014 PHOTOS: (This page, clockwise from top) Trent Parks, Advanced F-15 sheet metal assembler and riveter; Samantha Lampe, F-15 assembly mechanic, works on electrical components; John Vo, F-15 assembly mechanic, performs an inspection to ensure foreign objects have not entered the aircraft during assembly. (Opposite page) Arlene Moore, sheet metal assembler riveter for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G programs, inspects the outer wing of an aircraft following machine operations. production in St. Louis, regardless of the model. “It’s important to Boeing, but it’s also important for our country,” he said. “These planes are necessary. They make it safer for our pilots, for our military on the ground and for our country overall.” n email@example.com Katie Kelly contributed reporting from St. Louis. Frontiers is interested in reader stories for future editorial use. Tell us about your own experience with a Boeing jet fighter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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