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Aircraft Manufacturing In The U.S.  
User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2580 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.

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User currently offlineKaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

and just for clarification, I mean buildings capable of aircraft final assembly.

User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2548 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)



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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 882 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

The C-17 is built in Long Beach.

User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

Lest we not forget that Piper is in Vero Beach, FL


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2519 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.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

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...  Wink


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User currently offlineBoeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1025 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

What about Convair in San Diego, which made the CV-880/990 and PBY-5's,Tradewinds,Mod work on the B-36's and B-58's.

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User currently offlineDeltaDAWG From United States of America, joined May 2006, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2364 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.



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User currently offlineAmccann From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2318 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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User currently offlinePackcheer From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

Is the new Boeing factory in Charleston going to be a single line specifically for the 787 or will it be 1 additional line, just currently used for the 787?

(could it be reconfigured later if there are a new rash of orders for another Boeing aircraft?)



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Fort Worth, Texas home of the F-16

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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Bell Helicopters -- I think the manufacturing plant is somewhere around Ft. Worth, TX.

Robinson Helicopters -- Torrance, CA


User currently offlineRangercarp From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2180 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).


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2119 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.


User currently offlineDlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
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Quoting Kaitak744 (Thread starter):
and what was the McDonnell Douglas factory in Long Beach (MD-11 and DC-9X)

I believe that these buildings have been bulldozed. Only the C-17 assembly hall is left.

Quoting Boeing767mech (Reply 7):
What about Convair in San Diego, which made the CV-880/990 and PBY-5's,Tradewinds,Mod work on the B-36's and B-58's.

I believe that these buildings have also been bulldozed. They didn't seem to be there last time I was at Lindbergh Field.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Embraer will be opening a final assembly facility for the Phenom in Florida within the next year.


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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15715 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1969 times:



Quoting Dlednicer (Reply 15):
I believe that these buildings have been bulldozed.

Isn't part of it going to become a movie studio?



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