Last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane departs from Southern California
By Staff Writer
The Final C-17 Globemaster III has created a history in a Boeing plant in Long Beach, California on Sunday, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach. An estimated 1000 observers had cheered, shouted, many of them Boeing employees, Felix Sanchez, the spokesperson said.
"This is truly the end of an era. It's a sad day, but one that all of the Boeing employees and suppliers who have worked over the years building this great aircraft can be proud of," Nan Bouchard, VP and C-17 program manager, said.
The Jet, which can hold more than 80 tons of cargo, will be located in San Antonio, Texas until it is delivered to the air force of the Emir of Qatar at the beginning of the next of the year, according to KomoNews.
Douglas Aircraft Co. started the manufacture plant on the 1980s, which won the agreement for the US Air Force to deliver this C-17 Globemaster III. Douglas next became McDonnell Douglas Corp. In 1996, Boeing purchased its longtime opponent and assumed production of the C-17, one of the most advanced cargo planes in the world.
The Long Beach plant was once a portion of a huge aircraft-manufacturing system that dated to World War II. More than 10,000 people worked in the equipment's hangars and joining lines turning out MD-80 jetliners, Boeing 717s, and B-17 bombers, according to Los Angeles Times.
In California Boeing plant, there are more than 16,000 employees working on programs going from satellite manufacturing to cyber security. On the other hand, that is about 50 percent cut in the workforce in the previous decade. Recently, Boeing reported some plans to lay off as many as few hundred employees at an El Segundo satellite manufacturing plant.
California continued pack of the spot in aerospace work, delivering everything from jetliners to planes. On the other hand, the industry has been contracting for quite a long time. A portion of the work has gone to different states yet a percentage of the drop is because of the end of military projects and to purse-tightening by the Pentagon and civilian aircraft buyers, according to USNews.
A month ago, the Air Force picked Virginia-based Northrop Grumman Corp., to assemble its innovative plan. All major part of this plane's assembly could happen in the Southern California desert group of Palmdale, home of Air Force Plant 42, a military industrial park rented to aerospace temporary workers were the B-1 and B-2 aircraft were fabricated.