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BOEING "ROLLS OUT" FIRST HORIZONTAL STABILIZERS FOR 777

 SEATTLE, Oct. 1, 1993 -- During a ceremony reminiscent of a traditional new airplane "rollout," Boeing today unveiled its first major structural composite part for the 777 widebody.
 Left and right horizontal stabilizers, each approximately 42 feet long, were raised above a blue curtain in a cloud of theatrical fog which reflected red, white and blue lights. The stabilizers, when combined with the vertical fin, will form the empennage or "tail feathers" of the 777.
 The event was held in the Composite Manufacturing Center in Frederickson, which is about 16 miles southeast of downtown Tacoma, Wash. This newest factory at Frederickson is part of the Fabrication Division of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.
 A crowd of about 300, mostly Boeing employees and guests from local communities, applauded when the stabilizers came into view. American flags hung in the background emphasized the patriotic theme of the celebration.
 "It really is a celebration," said Ken Bailey, manager of the new center, "and it's a tribute to the Composite Manufacturing Center employees who have worked together to apply the latest technology to creating a new part with new processes. It's a celebration of improvement."
 The 432,000-square-foot (40133 M2) facility is the first of its kind in the world to produce a primary composite assembly for a commercial airplane -- from raw material to final assembly under one roof. The advanced composite material combines high-strength fibers with new toughened resins which will reduce airplane weight and improve fuel efficiency and performance.
 Bill Selby, vice president-general manager of the Fabrication Division paid tribute to Boeing Chairman Frank Shrontz and Boeing President Phil Condit for their leadership and commitment to the concept of a composite empennage for the 777 and a new factory to build it. "Their support has been invaluable," Selby said.
 The event marked a major milestone in the production of the new 777 jetliner which is scheduled for its own rollout in the spring of 1994.
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