Boeing C-17: Production to End in 2015
Boeing has announced the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, CA will come to a close in 2015.
Since 1991, McDonnell Douglas began building the C-17 in Long Beach, a role that would transition to Boeing during Boeing's acquisition of the southern California based aerospace icon.
To date, Boeing has delivered 257 C-17s and 22 remain to be completed by the 2015 closure. Currently, over 3,000 employees support the manufacture of the Globemaster.
The closure also marks an end of an aerospace era for southern California and in particular the Long Beach Airport. Douglas had a robust presence at the airport building aircraft before and during World War II. Long Beach was also the home for final assembly of the popular commercial airliners produced by McDonnell Douglas, including the DC-9, MD-80, DC-10 and MD-11 aircraft. Most of the those old hangars have been leveled, making way for new ventures, although none come close to the scope and scale that employed tens of thousands during its peak.
"Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision,' said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "We want to thank the highly skilled and talented employees who have built this great airlifter for more than two decades - and those who will help us as we continue to build the remaining 22 aircraft and support and modernize the global fleet for decades to come."
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