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BOEING BEGINS ASSEMBLY OF 777 STRUT

 BOEING BEGINS ASSEMBLY OF 777 STRUT
 WICHITA, Kan., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The momentum for Boeing


Commercial Airplane Group's newest wide body twinjet, the 777, is building at the Wichita Division where initial assembly of the airplane's engine strut's lower spar began today, the company announced.
 "This is essentially the day we've all been waiting for since the program was launched about a year and a half ago," said Gary Bomhoff, product manager, Commercial Struts. "This (lower spar) is our very first assembly load. It's the very first stage of the assembly process for the strut that will support the Pratt & Whitney engine."
 Boeing Wichita has design and manufacturing responsibilities for the struts and nacelles for all three engine types to be offered on the 777 -- the Pratt & Whitney PW4084, General Electric GE90 and the Rolls Royce Trent 800. Wichita also will build the forward fuselage section (Section 41) and seat tracks for the 777.
 Once the strut being assembled today is complete, it will be sent to Boeing's Propulsion Systems Division in Seattle for installation of the strut systems. The strut also will be used on the flying test bed airplane.
 Although the struts for the 777 are similar to the struts Boeing Wichita builds for the 747, there are some differences.
 "We're using a little more steel, titanium and composite material in this strut than we have in the past, and we've also tried to develop our processes to a much more finite level than we have before," Bomhoff said.
 Another process improvement on the 777 program involves the use of three-dimensional computer modeling. This capability allows designers and tooling and operations personnel to see how parts will fit together in a simulated computer assembly before actual manufacturing begins.
 "It's far more effective than staring at drawings all day," Bomhoff said. "It (3-D modeling) gives us the ability to move parts around on the computer screen, to look at them from different angles. I think we've seen the payoff come together today.
 "We're going to have a product that's far superior in quality at this stage of the program than we've ever had," he continued. "We believe we're going to set some new standards for what will be expected of first units in the future."
 The first 777 is scheduled for delivery to United Airlines in 1995. There are currently 106 firm orders and 93 options for Boeing's newest wide body twinjet.
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