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McDONNELL DOUGLAS TO RECALL 150 EMPLOYEES

 ST. LOUIS, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas has begun calling 150 production employees back to work at its aircraft manufacturing plant in St. Louis as a result of increased work on the C-17 Globemaster III military transport program.
 The recalls of the sub-assembly and assembly employees began recently and will continue through mid-August. This will bring the total number of St. Louis employees working on the C-17 program to nearly 2,200.
 "The C-17 work we do represents a significant share of our overall production base in St. Louis and St. Charles," said Jim Spehr, vice president and general manager of C-17/Commercial Support at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in St. Louis. "The C-17 is important for the nation's airlift capability, and it is an important source of jobs in St. Louis and St. Charles."
 In addition to manufacturing four tactical aircraft -- the F-15 Eagle, the F/A-18 Hornet, the AV-8B Harrier II Plus and the T-45A Goshawk, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace produces a number of C-17 components in St. Louis and St. Charles. The components are delivered to McDonnell Douglas Aerospace facilities in Long Beach, Calif., for final assembly.
 Among the C-17 assemblies produced in St. Louis and St. Charles are the nose assembly, the engine pylons, wing slats, flap trailing edges, the cargo door, cargo ramp, main landing gear pods and bulkhead structures. The total deliverable weight of the assemblies is more than 37,000 pounds per aircraft.
 The C-17 is designed to fulfill airlift needs well into the next century. It will carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across international distances to small, austere airfields anywhere in the world.
 The C-17 carries twice the payload of the Air Force C-141, has airlift capability for outsize combat equipment that can now be carried only by the larger C-5, and has short-field performance now provided only by the C-130.
 McDonnell Douglas delivered the first operational C-17 to the U.S. Air Force in June 1993. C-17 test aircraft have logged more than 475 missions and 1,760 flight hours to date.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Schlueter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 314-233-6232/
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