Spirit AeroSystems Completes First Boeing 787 Test Pylon

WICHITA, Kan., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Inc. today marked the completion of the first test pylon for the Boeing 787 airplane with a ceremony attended by Boeing officials and hundreds of employees.

"This is an important milestone for our company," said John Pilla, Spirit Vice President/General Manager - 787. "Today we get to see the result of everyone's hard work and contribution to getting the 787 program underway."

Spirit is part of an international team of aerospace companies led by Boeing that is developing the airplane. Boeing has selected General Electric and Rolls-Royce to develop engines for the new airplane. In addition to the pylons, Spirit's Wichita facility is developing the forward section of the airplane. Its Tulsa operation is responsible for the fixed and movable leading edges of the wings.

"The Spirit team faced a challenge in bringing this piece to reality because it is a new architecture and new work statement, created with new tools and processes," said Ron Hinderberger, leader of the Boeing 787 Propulsion team. "We knew this would be a difficult challenge, but your success has shown that our confidence in you is well placed."

Spirit AeroSystems also supplies engine pylons and nacelles, vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer, inboard and outboard flaps, and front and rear wing spars for the Next-Generation 737 family of airplanes.

In addition, Spirit builds nose sections, nacelles and pylons for the 747, 767 and 777 aircraft. It also designs and produces slats and floor beams for the 777 airplane, and wing and fuselage components for the 747. The company also designs and builds aircraft production tooling.

Spirit's European operation in Prestwick, Scotland and Samlesbury, England, produces structural components, chiefly on wings, for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. It also provides assemblies for the Raytheon Hawker 800XP.

On The Net: http://www.spiritaero.com

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