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A380 Wings - Trivial Fact Of The Day...  
User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9976 posts, RR: 96
Posted (4 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 12515 times:
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Did you know.........?

I was just reading up on some particular aspects of A380 wing production last night, and discovered that....

The A380 wing production line tooling/equipment was engineered and manufactured by a company based in a little known place called..

Mukilteo WA ..... (on Chennault Beach road, no less)

To be fair, the programme was actually run out of this firm's UK facilities..

http://www.electroimpact.com/A380E4380/overview.asp

but I was fascinated by their HQ location  

Rgds

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User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2366 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 11225 times:

What a small world indeed!

Little did I know . . . driving down on the Speedway, having dinner at Ivar's and Kostas!

Imagine this, for the better part of my life I had this one big dream . . . visiting Boeing Everett.

I met my wife at my current employer, but she left the company shortly afterwards [for unrelated reasons] and started working for the Fluke Corporation, European headquarters at Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Little did I know . . . it was only after more than half a year when she reluctantly told that she had to leave me for a week, as she had to travel overseas for company business. So I asked here, where would that bring you to? She said "Oh, it's in the US of A, a place called Everett . . . " Near Seattle I asked? "How would you know that, utterly amazed on my world geography???"

So I got my first trip to Boeing Paine Field and stayed at the [company paid] Hilton Garden Inn for 10 days, while my soon-to-be-wife was working 10 hour days!

Second trip was a forced lay-over in Everett during our honeymoon last year as her boss, reluctantly, allowed our 33 day RTW trip, provided she put in three days worth of work during a very busy period. So our 8-stop RTW became a 9-stop RTW . . . !

One real disappoinment though was that I had been looking forward to seeing the 787 flying around Paine Field, as we started planning out honeymoon early 2008, with the Everett stop in Oct 2009.

Sorry for being a little off-topic [hope the mods have a little mercy here with me].
Astute, thanks for bringing these great memories! And off course for those very impressive tooling rigs for an even more impressive wing! Mukilteo . . . who would have thought of that!

PW100



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User currently offlineepa001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4700 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 10909 times:
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Quoting astuteman (Thread starter):
but I was fascinated by their HQ location

Well, we have a global economy nowadays. So any location is possible, but it is remarkable that the HQ location is so close to where Boeing resides.  


User currently offlineOshkosh1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9247 times:

Having lived at the former Naval housing area at Paine field itself(Navajo rd...between rwys 34L/R) I've taken the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry numerous times. Not often you see "Mukilteo" get some print!


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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8675 times:

IMHO the A380 isn't stealing business as Boeing doesn't have a product offering to compete with it.

That said, it's good to have the money going to an American company than that of another country. Esp during these economic times.

Interesting find indeed.



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User currently offlinedynamicsguy From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 868 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

Quoting astuteman (Thread starter):
but I was fascinated by their HQ location

Perhaps their HQ location isn't all that much of a coincidence. They do plenty of business for Boeing too - they did assembly jigs at our site and I've seen their logo on tooling in other parts of the 787 program. It wouldn't at all surprise me if their name is on a lot of the equipment at Everett.


User currently offlineastuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 9976 posts, RR: 96
Reply 6, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3714 times:
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Quoting dynamicsguy (Reply 5):
Perhaps their HQ location isn't all that much of a coincidence. They do plenty of business for Boeing too

Indeed it is not. They were actually set up with the help of Boeing in the first instance.

Quoting dynamicsguy (Reply 5):
It wouldn't at all surprise me if their name is on a lot of the equipment at Everett.

I'm sure it is  

Rgds


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3535 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (4 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3646 times:

Quoting astuteman (Thread starter):
Did you know.........?

I was just reading up on some particular aspects of A380 wing production last night, and discovered that....

Dear boy, do you get out enough ?   


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