Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries. Total company revenues for 2012 were $81.7 billion.
Boeing has been a part of California and its rich aerospace legacy for more than 90 years. The company’s presence in the state dates back to 1922, when aviation pioneer Donald Douglas Sr. built aircraft in Santa Monica. Today Boeing occupies a diversified footprint spanning commercial aviation; military aircraft and satellite manufacturing; and new markets such as cyber security. Boeing has approximately 19,000 employees in California, making it one of the state’s largest private employers.
In the Antelope Valley, Boeing conducts ground and flight testing of both military and commercial products. Below are some key program milestones from 2013:
X-48 Blended Wing Body (BWB) completed its highly successful aeronautics research and flight test program at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-48 Program accomplished 112 missions over a six year period using both the X-48B and X-48C configurations. The X-48C demonstrator aircraft is maintained in flyable storage status and has been loaned to the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB where it is on display.
The Phantom Eye high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system has completed five test missions to date. The most recent flight was in September 2013. Phantom Eye, which uses a liquid hydrogen propulsion system, is designed to stay aloft for up to four days while carrying a 450-pound payload. The demonstrator is completing flight testing at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.
The X-51A WaveRider, an unmanned, autonomous, ramjet-powered hypersonic flight-test demonstrator for the U.S. Air Force, flew the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history during its May 1, 2013 flight. A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress from Edwards Air Force Base released the X-51A from 50,000 feet above the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range off the Southern California coast. The vehicle reached Mach 5.1 powered by its supersonic combustion scramjet engine and flew for a total time of more than six minutes.
Boeing has conducted a number of flight tests out of Victorville and Edwards AFB with the 787-9 Dreamliner, the second member of the super-efficient 787 family. This testing has encompassed a number of conditions such as ground effects and stability and control. Boeing is on track to complete testing in the spring and deliver the 787-9 to launch customer Air New Zealand in mid-2014.
In the fall of 2013, the first F-15SA fighter jets arrived in Palmdale from St. Louis to begin an extensive flight test program that will continue into 2016. The F-15s for Saudi Arabia are part of the largest Foreign Military sales (FMS) program in U.S. Government history.
Boeing provides support to, and partners with, the Air Force, Navy, and NASA on programs (with Flight Test, Modifications, and Logistics Support) in the Greater Antelope Valley including: B-1B, B-52, T-38C, F-22, F/A-18, F-15SA, and C-17. We also support Boeing Commercial Airplanes with recent flight testing of the 747-8, 787, and 787-9.
In addition to Boeing’s focus on business growth and program execution, the company and its employees are dedicated to building better communities worldwide by giving time, funding, and expertise to improve access to globally competitive learning and skills development, foster creativity, sustain the environment, and improve civic engagement.
Through its Global Corporate Citizenship and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, Boeing supports the Antelope Valley region with charitable program investments through the following nonprofit agencies: Community Partners for Associates in Learning and Leadership, Jewish Vocational Services, Special Olympics Southern California, The Catalyst Foundation, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Antelope Valley Family YMCA, Lancaster Community Service Foundation, Learning for Life, Painted Turtle, and the Mojave Environmental Education Consortium.