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Pioneering Innovation into the Second Century of Commercial Aviation

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 The following is a guest blog from Dave Carbon, Boeing South Carolina vice president of operations, posted following NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ visit to the Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

It’s amazing to think of how far we have come in the past 100 years. Incorporated on July 15, 1916, following the successful flight of a “B&W” seaplane, our first commercial aircraft—the B-1 mail plane—took to the sky for the first time in 1919. Fast forward to 2015, Boeing delivered a record 729 commercial airplanes to customers around the world, including a record 135,787 Dreamliners.
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As the vice president of operations at Boeing South Carolina, I am in awe of the unprecedented process and product innovations that brought us from the B&W, to the B-1, to the 787. These innovations, driven with the help of our inventive workforce and supply chain, have truly changed the world as we know it. But the reality is these revolutionary changes are the collective result of a daily commitment to improving our processes, questioning our assumptions and building a better product for our customers.  Read More