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Friday, July 26, 2013
Forward fuselage section rolled out for new KC-46A tanker
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. celebrated completion of the first forward fuselage
section, Section 41, for the new Boeing KC-46A tanker. Boeing and U.S. Air Force representatives joined
Spirit leadership and employees to mark the occasion on Friday.
now we the fly KC-135R models and they are great and give gas all
over the world. We need to recapitalize the fleet,” Maj.
Gen. John Thompson said on Friday. Thompson is the U.S. Air Force
Program Executive Officer for Tankers. “We need something better
and newer. The KC-46A is the answer. You all are part of the program
and on the team. The stability of the program is fantastic. I am
counting on you to deliver these planes on time and with high quality
so our warfighters can safely, efficiently and effectively do their
job to protect our freedom.”
Spirit announced Thursday they plan to layoff approximately 360 employees, “a
strategic move to make the company more competitive in a
June 2011, Spirit was announced as a supplier on the KC-46 program. The company is responsible for the forward fuselage section, strut and
nacelle components, and the fixed leading edge for the KC-46A tanker.
Spirit manufactures the Section 41 and strut and nacelle components
at its Wichita, Kan. facility. Production of the KC-46A is integrated
directly into the Boeing 767 commercial production line at Boeing's
has announced it will build 179 next-generation aerial refueling
tanker aircraft that will begin to recapitalize the Air Force's fleet
of 416 KC-135 tankers. Based on the proven Boeing 767 commercial
airplane, the KC-46 tanker is a widebody, multi-mission aircraft
updated with the latest and most advanced technology to meet the
demanding mission requirements of the future.