Boeing’s Southern California Assembly Plant Sees Off its Last C-17; Most of the Facility will be Shuttered this Year
Sunday saw the last C-17 Globemaster III from Boeing's Southern California plant, soar high into the sky. It marked an end to the region's aerospace industry, which once thrived offering jobs to hundreds of people.
The huge Boeing cargo jet received cheers in the Long Beach from more than thousand onlookers as it flew over head. Most of the people gathered to see it off, were Boeing's employees according to company spokesman Felix Sanchez.
The jet has capacity to carry eighty tons or more of cargo, and it will be housed in San Antonio, Texas. Later, in the beginning of next year, the jet will be delivered to the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
In a statement, vice president and C-17 program manager, Nan Bouchard 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." For more than two decades, the Long Beach facility has assembled two hundred fifty or more C-17s but two years back Boeing announced that there were not enough foreign orders for the cargo jet that justifies keeping the plant operational. As the production ends, the plant spread over twenty five acres will mostly be shuttered by this year end.
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