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747-400 FREIGHTER ASSEMBLY BEGINS AT BOEING WICHITA

 747-400 FREIGHTER ASSEMBLY BEGINS AT BOEING WICHITA
 WICHITA, Kan., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing 747-400 Freighter is coming together at the Commercial Airplane Group's Wichita Division where construction of portions of the airplane's forward section began today, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group announced.
 The portion being assembled at Wichita's Fuselage Responsibility Center is called the portal box. It will be part of the wheel well of the freighter's forward section.
 In addition to today's assembly, the 747-400F program in Wichita has 12 more major assemblies to accomplish before the first complete forward section is shipped to Seattle for final assembly this fall.
 Wichita also will produce the nacelles and struts for the 747-400F -- the same parts it makes for 747-400s configured to carry passengers. The Wichita Division will manufacture about 2,600 new parts for the freighter, which are designed to enhance its cargo- carrying capability.
 "The 747-400F is a mix between the 747-200F and the 747-400 passenger models," said Dennis Kessel, manufacturing engineering supervisor for the 747-400F, Section 11 (wing section) and Section 41 (forward section).
 "The 747-400F has a forward section similar to the -200F model and the wing center section is the same as the -400 passenger model. But we had to redesign the upper deck and beef up the structure to support increased loads," he said.
 Because of the similarity of the passenger and freighter models, nearly all major tooling was reworked for dual configuration to support assembly of both airplanes, Kessel said.
 Kessel credits Boeing's design/build teams (DBT) with the successful reworking of the major tooling and for the program's on- schedule status.
 "The team's goal was to eliminate errors and to do the job right the first time," he said. "The DBT concept proved to be very beneficial in coordinating the latest manufacturing processes with the engineering design.
 "We've developed a close-knit core of people who can work together, and those relationships will continue to pay dividends for years to come."
 The first 747-400F, scheduled for delivery to Air France in 1993, will be powered by General Electric CF6-80C2 engines rated at 57,900 pounds of thrust each, giving the 747-400F the capability of carrying up to 40,000 pounds (about 18,180 kg) more payload than today's 747-200F at ranges beyond 4,500 miles (about 7,200 km).
 Like the 747-400 passenger airplane, the 747-400F will feature the wing-to-body fairing, extended wing span and the distinctive six-foot- high winglets.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Solis of Boeing Wichita, 316-526-3153/
 (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Boeing Wichita ST: Washington, Kansas IN: AIR SU:


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