Boeing is leaving Wichita

Boeing Departure Shakes Wichita’s Identity as Airplane Capital
The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, January 18, 2012

Credit: Steve Hebert for The New York Times
This is unfortunate. However, Boeing should never have won the tanker contract. EADS proposed a better airplane. The jobs aren’t lost to the American economy, as manufacture is simply moving to Seattle.

It’s not all bad news in Wichita. Bombardier Learjet, of which I am a former employee, recently announced that they will manufacture the new Lear 85 in Wichita, which will add hundreds of jobs.

“The city still makes almost half the general aviation airplanes in the world.” That’s pretty amazing. Perhaps Kestrel should move from Brunswick to Wichita instead of Wisconsin.

I do miss all those pretty airplanes.

KC-135 interior | Credit: Steve Hebert for The New York Times

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