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BOEING BEGINS FABRICATION OF 777 NOSE SECTION

 BOEING BEGINS FABRICATION OF 777 NOSE SECTION
 WICHITA, Kan., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Boeing 777 airplane


took another step forward this month at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group's Wichita Division with the initial fabrication of some of the more than 18,000 parts that will make up the new twinjet's nose section, Boeing said today.
 Fittings, chord beams and brackets that will be part of the nose wheel well were among the structural components entering production in Boeing Wichita's Fabrication Process Center.
 Production already has begun at Wichita on portions of the 777's cab that are common to the smaller Boeing 767.
 "This is a significant milestone for the program because it is the start of fabrication for Section 41 (nose section) of the 777," said George Phelps, 777 senior manager, Fabrication Process Center.
 "It's taken a lot of hard work to get us this far and it's starting to pay off with the production of high-quality parts," he said.
 The parts, which were designed on sophisticated digital computer work stations, are fabricated on numerically controlled equipment. Along with the computer-driven machinery, Boeing Wichita is using statistical process control techniques to assure minimum variability of hardware, consistent quality and proper fit.
 The 777 will have about 132,500 engineered, unique parts. Including rivets, bolts and other fasteners, the airplane will have three million- plus parts. In addition to the forward section, Boeing Wichita is responsible for the airplane's seat tracks and the struts and nacelles for all 777 engine types offered by Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls-Royce.
 The first 777 is scheduled for delivery to United Airlines in May 1995. There currently are 106 firm orders and 93 options for Boeing's newest wide-body twinjet.
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