Vought Reaches Production Milestone in Nashville with Delivery of 1,100th set of Gulfstream Wings

NASHVILLE, DEC. 11, 2006 – Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. recently shipped its 1,100th set of Gulfstream wings from its Nashville plant – a milestone that spans four decades.

The Nashville site (then known as Avco Aerostructures) built 265 wings for the Gulfstream II business jet between 1965 and 1978. From 1978 to 1986, the plant produced 236 wing sets for the Gulfstream III jet. Since 1986, workers at the site have built wings for the Gulfstream IV series of aircraft, which has evolved into the G350 and G450 series of aircraft.

“It’s quite an accomplishment to reach a milestone of this magnitude in our industry, “ said Neil Peace, program director for Vought’s business jet business.  “We are proud of the components we build and appreciate the long-term business relationship we have with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.”

In addition to the work done here for Gulfstream, the company produces nacelles for the G350 and G450 in Stuart, Fla., and wings for the G500 and G550 aircraft models in Dallas.

Vought signed an agreement in 1993 to design and build fully integrated wings for the Gulfstream V (GV) business jet. Gulfstream produced 193 GV aircraft before transitioning the production line in 2003 to make way for today’s G500 and G550 business jets. By year-end, the company will have produced a total of 338 integrated wings for Gulfstream’s GV, G500 and G550.

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 in excess of $1.3 billion and about 5,900 employees in nine U.S. locations.

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Lynne M. Warne
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