Outside of Philadelphia, a 350,000-square-foot facility has been transformed into a modern factory where the Boeing Company will build fuselages for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft. The updated plant will also modernize current MV-22 aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps fleet.
“Boeing’s $115-million investment supports U.S. and international demand for the unrivaled capabilities of the V-22,” says David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift. “We started this project two years ago in a mothballed building. Now, it is a state-of-the-art manufacturing center for the only in-service tiltrotor aircraft in the world.”
William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.