End of the production line for the C17?

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  1. syscom3

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    Boeing Tells C-17 Suppliers Line May End in 2009

    Boeing: Boeing Tells C-17 Suppliers Line May End in 2009

    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 18, 2006 -- Due to the lack of U.S. government orders for the C-17 military cargo aircraft, The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) is directing program suppliers to stop work on uncommitted airplanes. This move will be the first step in an orderly shut down of the production supply chain should no further orders be received from the U.S. government.

    For over a year, Boeing spent its own money protecting the C-17 supplier base. This investment was intended to keep the production line viable while the U.S. Government and Boeing pursued international orders, and to allow time for the U.S. Government to update its post-9/11 mobility requirements, if they chose to do so. During that time Boeing received international orders and commitments for more than a dozen of the advanced air lifters. Congress has added funding for up to three more as part of its recent 2007 budget deliberations. However, when the orders are totaled, there are not enough to sustain continued production beyond mid-2009.

    Since late 2005, Boeing has stressed the need for a commitment from the U.S. Government for continued C-17 procurement or the company would be forced to make the difficult decision to begin winding down the production line.

    This action will ultimately affect the 5,500 Boeing jobs in California, Missouri, Georgia, and Arizona, directly tied to the C-17, and the program's nationwide supplier workforce that totals more than 25,000 people. Nearly 700 companies in 42 states provide parts and services that go into each C-17.

    "The C-17 is one of the Defense Department's most successful acquisition programs ever," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. "No one questions its operational value. But we can't continue carrying the program without additional orders from the U.S. Government."

    The stop-work orders affect long-lead items from suppliers that, in many cases, are built 34 months before a C-17 is delivered. Boeing is re-evaluating the financial impact should the U.S. government not order additional C-17s, and may incur costs aside from any recovered from the U.S. government
     
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    If that happens, it will be the last of any large aircraft being built at Long Beach. :(
     
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    you wont be wanting your 4 back from us anytime soon then, 'cos we kinda need them :toothy5:
     
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    naw, hold on to em.... :evil4:
     
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    If someone had some nounce this would be a great time to buy some and hell we need some. Being cold blooded you would get the deal of a lifetime and as an aircraft its a lot better than the European aircraft they keep talking about
     
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    I hope we get the 4 we ordered
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it.
     
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    what glider? there are no comparable western European aircraft out there is there?
     
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    That's what he said. There are no European heavy-lifters that match the C-17.
     
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    that's what i thought but he said there're some they keep talking about? i assume they do nothing more than just talk about them?
     
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    That sucks. The 17 is a good aircraft. We almost loaded one of our Hawks on to one and flew it out. Would have been neat to have done it.
     
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    Just announced. Canada bought 4.
     
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    By god, you're right! They actually did it! :shock:

    But I'll bet no less than two of them are mothballed or sold within the decade.
     
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    and better yet we jumped ahead in the que have the first 2 by fall 2007
     
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    i think we'll be buying the 4 we're hiring plus one more when the lease runs out...........
     
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    Naaaah. Not in this decade nor in 10 years. You will see these planes in the air when your children have children. The way capital asset planes are procured and fielded these days, not a chance. The days of making almost 300 C-141s are long gone.
     
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    A shame.:(

    Great aircraft, a true airlift asset. I cant wait to one of our four at the up-coming Avalon airshow!
     
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    I've seen one on the ground and was very impressed by size!
     
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    You'd think so, and I'd like to believe it myself, but Canada is too politically fickle this way. When the next Liberal government comes along, you'll see two or maybe even three of these things laid up for parts or sold all together. It's an old familiar tune. Liberals are all about leasing or even borrowing equipment from other air forces. They tend to perceive it as a less expensive, non-commital approach. Thing is, you can't possibly maintain any sort of force capability that way.
     
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    Now that I can believe. Just what the world needs. More pacifists to fight the wolves.
     
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