Boeing is opening its new 777X Composite Wing Center in Everett, Washington. The facility, formally opening Friday, will manufacture composite wings for the 777X, the company’s newest commercial jetliner.
The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet wide. The company says it has received 320 orders for the new plane. Production is scheduled to begin in 2017.
In the above photo, a worker walks through a gantry system where overhead supports hold robotic heads that will be used to build carbon fiber wings, during a tour of the new Boeing 777X Composite Wing Center a day ahead of its grand opening, Thursday, May 19, 2016.
In the above photo, a worker walks in view of a massive autoclave that will be used to bake carbon fiber wings with super-heated pressure at the Boeing 777X Composite Wing Center.
In the above photo, a support for a wing stands in a finish area of the new Boeing 777X Composite Wing Center.
Eric Lindblad, vice president in charge of the Boeing 777X wing, looks over the “clean” room area of the new 777X Composite Wing Center.
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