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Were All 737 Fuselages Built In Wichita?  
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6776 posts, RR: 7
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2293 times:

I guess they all are now, but how long has Wichita made 737 fuselages? Ever since the beginning? Did they ever make 707-727 fuselage sections, and if so did those go to Renton by rail?

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24796 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

One source says that complete 737 fuselages have been built in Wichita since 1983. I'm sure someone more familiar with Boeing history can confirm or correct.

As a sidenote, the first 271 737s were assembled at BFI before 737 assembly was moved ot Renton in 1969/70 to join the 707 and 727. That move was due to the economic recession that hit the aircraft industry just as the 747 was being introduced resulting in a big drop in Boeing orders and layoffs of almost half Boeing's staff between 1969-71. Boeing came fairly close to bankruptcy during that period.


User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 930 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

I'm not certain exactly when they started on the fuselages, but they did start making parts of the tail structure in 1965 in Wichita.

I do also know that to be sure the fuselages would make the journey from kansas to seattle intact they made a full size wooden mockup fuselage and tried it. It made all the twists and the turns and the bridges and tunnels, until, enteering the boeing plant in seattle, they had to nock 18 inches off the corner of one of their buildings so it could get round!

Also many of the first fuselages arrived in seattle with bullet holes as the residents it had passed en route had took the opportunity for target practice on the enormous aluminium tubes...this problem is no longer present.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24796 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2109 times:



Quoting GST (Reply 2):
Also many of the first fuselages arrived in seattle with bullet holes as the residents it had passed en route had took the opportunity for target practice on the enormous aluminium tubes...this problem is no longer present.

And occasional other incidents like this one in 2004 (partial article only).
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb5553/is_200412/ai_n22284844


User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2093 times:
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Quoting GST (Reply 2):
Also many of the first fuselages arrived in seattle with bullet holes

Out of curiosity, what do they do to the fuselage in cases like that? Is it still usable?



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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 930 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2057 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 4):
Is it still usable?

It would be a very expensive waste if not! One would presume they just had to keep spares of the componants in the final assembly area to remove and replace damaged componants.


User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1992 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 4):

Out of curiosity, what do they do to the fuselage in cases like that? Is it still usable?

Yes, it's still usable. Simple fuselage doubler repair and you're good to go.

Quoting GST (Reply 5):
One would presume they just had to keep spares of the componants in the final assembly area to remove and replace damaged componants.

You don't keep spare fuselage skins around in the factory. In additional to being phenomenally expensive, Renton doesn't have the tools to easily replace an entire fuselage skin.

Tom.


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