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Frontiers November 2016 Issue

PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON | BOEING PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON | BOEING Cover: Before a GE90 engine reaches 777 final assembly, quality inspector Kiem Tran records serial numbers. BOB FERGUSON | BOEING Photo: (Far right) Mechanic Beth Phelps measures drilled holes for a proper fit on an inlet inner barrel at Propulsion South Carolina, in Ladson. BOB FERGUSON | BOEING TABL E O F CONTENTS 06 Leadership Message 10 Engines of change  Boeing has been expanding its Propulsion Systems Division as new commercial airplane models such as the 737 MAX and 777X head to the factory. Bringing more work in-house gives Boeing better control of costs and helps improve airplane performance—which benefits airline customers. 20 Flying ahead  Boeing predicts Russia and its neighbors will add more than 1,100 new airplanes to their respective commercial fleets over the next 20 years. Yet airplane sales are only part of a Boeing-Russia affinity. 24 Vision quest  At Seattle’s Boeing Field, employees are giving the Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, known as AWACS, a makeover. The upgrades will keep this surveillance workhorse flying far into the future. 28 Service as teacher  Eight veterans of the armed forces share lessons gleaned there that they continue to draw on, whether wearing a military uniform or a Boeing badge. 24 28 02 | BOEING FRONTIERS


Frontiers November 2016 Issue
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