Kaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2414 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2734 times:
What is the total aircraft manufacturing infrastructure in the U.S.?
As per my knowledge, Boeing has its 6 wide-body assembly lines in Everett (747, 747, empty, 767, 777, 787), its 2 737 lines in Renton, and what was the McDonnell Douglas factory in Long Beach (MD-11 and DC-9X) (which could theoretically be reactivated if needed). Then there is some sort of Lockheed factory in Palmdale where they made the L1011. What else is there. Surely there are a lot more, especially for military.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1875 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
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I will add a few:
- C130 made at Lockheed in Marietta, GA
- Cirrus Aviation (Cirrus SR20/SR22) in Duluth, MN
- Cessna Citation Jets in Wichita, KS
- Cessna piston-engine aircraft in Independence, KS
- Gulfstream in Savannah, GA
- Dassault in Little Rock, AR (I believe they fabricate/install interiors for Falcon jets delivered to North American market here)
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15906 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2673 times:
Boeing builds commercial aircraft in the Seattle area and Charleston SC in the future.. The F-15, F-18, and T-45 are built in St. Louis. C-17s are built at the old McDonnell Douglas plant in Long Beach. Apaches are built in Mesa AZ, and Chinooks in Philadelphia. (you can see the plant as you take off sometimes)
Cessna builds their aircraft in Wichita KS. They also have factories in Bend OR and Columbus GA but I think those are both closing. Beechcraft also builds planes in Wichta if I'm not mistaken.
Learjet has had plants in Wichita as well as Tuscon, but I may be wrong.
Palmdale is home to Skunk Works which was formerly at BUR. Northrop Grumman also has facilities there where the B-2 was built.
Lockheed builds the F-22 in Marietta GA while the F-35 and F-16 are made in Ft. Worth.
Sikorsky does a lot of their work in Connecticut.
Also, as far as former factories go, there is the former Convair factory in San Diego.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
DeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 782 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
Don't forget about the Skunkworks factory in Palmdale, CA! Lots of great a/c have been developed, assembled and tested at that facility.
Also, since someone pointed out Boeing's future plant in N. Charleston, SC I will point out Bombardier/Canadair's future facility in Kansas City for the C-series a/c as well as their existing Montreal facility albeit Canada and not U.S. but still N. America.
Amccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Quoting DeltaDAWG (Reply 8): I will point out Bombardier/Canadair's future facility in Kansas City for the C-series a/c
I guess I haven't heard that.
Besides Boeing's proposed 787 line in Charleston will this be the only other new line planned? What exactly will Bombardier be using this facility for?
Final question, what is the possibility of Bombardier buying up the old TWA hangar at MCI now that AAL is closing up shop there? Seems like a logical move, they could convert it into a interior fitting line, paint shop, and/or delivery center.
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Rangercarp From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
Hawker/beechcraft has a plant in Salina Kansas, but it will be closing soon. Boeing also has a large facility in Wichita, not sure what they do there though... Spirit Areosystems builds major 747 componets in Wichita. But then, even Airbus has a presence in Wichita (not a factory, but an office building).
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2273 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 6): How about Palmdale, CA? Isn't that where the L-1011, B-1B, B-2 and the Space Shuttle orbiters were built? I'm sure the infrastructure to build something big is still there in some form or another...
US Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale has seven (7) different manufacturing facilities (called sites) and Lockheed Martin Skunk Works facility, which is on LM propriety but unitize the USAF runways. Over the years the following aircraft have been built or assembled in Palmdale: Including but not limited to, the Space Shuttle, B-70, SR-71, TR-1 (U-2R/S), T-38, F-5, F-20, P-3, L-1011, X-32, X-35, YF-22, B-1, B-2, Global Hawk, Pole Cat, and the Dark Star. Additionally, Palmdale facilities were used for production flight testing and delivery of several aircraft including the F-89, F-94, F-100, F-102, and F-104.