"As we roll out the 100th 787 forward fuselage today, I would like to congratulate all Spirit AeroSystems' employees who support the 787, many who have been on the program since 2003," said Terry George, Spirit vice president, 787 program. "Throughout the years we have faced many challenges but continue to refine the airplane configuration, enhance our production system, and methodically step up the production rate over the past few years. The 787 airplane brings significant value to the airlines and the flying public and we are proud to be a big part of the program."
Spirit is responsible for the forward fuselage section, pylon, and wing leading edge.
Using state-of-the-art fiber placement equipment, the 787 composite forward fuselage is built as a single barrel at Spirit's Wichita, Kan., facility. Once the composite plies are wrapped over the barrel's complex, compound contours, it is wrapped and prepared for curing in a 70 ft. by 30 ft. autoclave. When completed, the 787 composite forward fuselage sections are flown onboard Boeing's Dreamlifter, a modified 747 cargo plane, to one of Boeing's final assembly facilities in either Everett, Wash., or Charleston, S.C.
About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.