Vought Celebrates Delivery of 500th Set of Wing Spoilers, Flaps for Boeing 777

DALLAS, OCT. 19, 2004 – Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. is celebrating a major milestone this month with the delivery of the 500th set of wing spoilers and inboard flaps for the Boeing 777 commercial airplane program. Vought’s facility in Milledgeville, Ga., delivered its 500th set of spoilers on Oct. 4. The company’s facility in Stuart, Fla., will deliver its 500th set of inboard flaps later this month.

Vought's Georgia facility produces 14 spoilers and 186 composite detail flap parts per shipset for the 777 program. The spoilers, made from graphite and honeycomb core, are processed from raw material through painted assembly, then delivered to Boeing’s facility in Everett, Wash. The composite detail parts are sent to Vought’s facility in Florida, where they are assembled and then shipped to Boeing in Everett. A five-axis robotic drill cell machine is a prime tool used to assemble the main and aft inboard flaps, resulting in a product that consistently earns high quality ratings from The Boeing Co.

"Our employees played a major role in Boeing’s original 777 design-build team, influencing product design and producibility," said Erich Smith, senior vice president, program management and business development for Vought. "The combination of digitally designed tools and robotic product implementation resulted in a robust, efficient manufacturing process."

The twin-aisle 777 is the first jetliner to be 100 percent digitally designed using three-dimensional computer graphics. Throughout the design process, the airplane was "pre-assembled" on the computer, eliminating the need for a costly, full-scale mock-up. Vought manufacturing engineers supporting the flap and spoiler product utilize the same 3-D data sets for design and fabrication of tools and fixtures.

Vought has work share on virtually every Boeing jetliner in production, from the 737 to the 777. Through its heritage companies, Vought has built major structures for the 747 since its initial production in 1968. These include the main fuselage section, doors and the tail section. Vought’s first 777 deliveries were in the fall of 1993.

About Vought

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. ( www.voughtaircraft.com ) is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of aerostructures. Headquartered in Dallas, the company designs and manufactures major airframe structures such as wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft. Vought has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion and more than 6,000 employees in seven U.S. locations.

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Lynne M. Warne
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