Building A F/A 18 Super Hornet

The Arts Mechanical

Interesting timelapse.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/watch-boeing-build-an-entire-f-a-18f-super-hornet-in-th-1750808857

With all the teething problems the F35 is having and the extra costs involved it would pay to maintain the line even at a skeleton level. The problem is that that the way these things work out, once a line shuts down, it’s scrapped and gone, tooling, fixtures and all.  Which has always struck me as a stupid way to do things, but the military doesn’t seem to want to make sure that reserve funding is kept to keep lines in storage even for operational aircraft once production stops.

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