Friday July 26, 2013
One day after Spirit Aerosystems announced its first ever, sizeable layoff it celebrates a milestone in the U.S Air Force Tanker program.
Spirit rolls out the forward section of the KC-46-A tanker with hundreds of employees and dignitaries on hand for the event in Spirit's plant two. Spirit builds the cab section and other parts for the KC-46. Next week the forward section will go by rail to Boeing's Everett, Washington for assembly.
Boeing's vice president and program manager for the KC-46 tanker Maureen Dougherty was on hand for the roll out. She says "I'm pleased to say that to date this team has delivered on or ahead of schedule every major milestone on this program."
On the importance of this tanker work to the local economy U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says, "It means hundreds of jobs in Kansas for a long time. This is a project that's going to go on for years and years."
Major General John Thompson = USAF Program Executive Officer For Tankers]¤WA15 3760
Major General John Thompson is the Air Force program executive officer for tankers. General Thomson says,"We've got to have this plane. We've got to have it in a high quality fashion. We've got to have it on time."
The Air Force contract calls for Boeing to build and deliver 179 KC-46 tankers through 2027. The program should keep Spirit employees busy since Spirit is one of the major suppliers to Boeing on the tanker program.