Ba97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
Years ago when Boeing bought Dehavilland, I was told a story by some DHC folks of Boeing destroying the jigs and plans for the Twin Otter, Buffalo and some other aircraft. At the time it was indicated to me that this eliminated the ability to produce spares which was a significant business and also held the promise for future development or modification of existing aircraft.
I know DHC was in trouble in the 1970s and was passed around through different owners but this story, the way it was told had a bit of bitterness as Boeing unloaded DHC rather quickly and labour issues at the facility in the 1970s were stressful at best.
My questions are a) does this story hold water? b) is this a common activity when one company takes over another-thinking of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas?
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WrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3552 times:
There are several companies who hold licences or licensing agreements to manufacture parts for DHC aircraft. Field Aviation in Calgary for the DHC 4 and 5, Viking in Victoria for the 2,3,6 and 7. Viking recently aquired the entire rights to the out of production line from Bombardier.
AeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1610 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3542 times:
I don't know about the jigs, but I do know that Boeing discovered that they had inherited a huge environmental problem when they bought DHC. They spent more cleaning up the Downsview site then they paid for the company. They later got the Canadian government to reimburse them for some of the costs of the clean up.
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3137 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
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Boeing did scrap the Twotter jigs after it closed the line, this is a common occurance. I believe they did the same with the assembly jigs for the Dash 7 as well.
As for the site, yes it was an environmental nightmare. The plant was unfinished in places (just a metal box with a dirt floor no electrical/insulation/HVAC/etc), had massive soil contamination problems, electrical system problems... not to mention the massively demoralized workforce.
Took Boeing almost 6 months to pass a workplace safety inspection, and 3 years to get the plant to just pass an environmental inspection. As Boeing said, they bought a great commuter plane (the Dash 8), at a price that was too good to be true and ended up making up the difference.
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