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April 23  |  By Dan Catchpole
Last flying B-29 coming to Paine Field MUKILTEO — Fifi is coming home.

But just for a visit.

The last flying B-29 Superfortress, Fifi, is stopping by the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field this summer. The bomber was built in 1945 in Boeing's Renton plant.

Visitors can look inside and even hitch a ride...

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April 15  |  By Dan Catchpole
Revenues rose nearly 9 percent, while profits were up more than 16 percent, for commercial aircraft manufacturers around the world in 2013, according to Deloitte’s analysis of the top 100 global aerospace companies.Demand for new aircraft, high production rates and a huge order backlog helped feed the sector’s robust performance, which brought in nearly $105 billion in revenues, according to a news release about the analysis.

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April 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
In a blog post here last week, I highlighted some of the contributions to relief efforts for the Oso mudslide made by the Machinists union and members working at Boeing. Here’s another one worth mentioning: Individual Machinists have pitched in to raise more...

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April 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
Machinists union members working at the Boeing Co. have pitched in to raise money for people affected by the Oso mudslide.The crew that operates the overhead crane at the airplane maker’s Paine Field plant raised about $4,000 for general relief efforts.

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March 22  |  By Dan Catchpole
Vancouver Island could have its own launch facility for sending satellites into orbit.A Canadian company, Space Launch Canada, which has promoted that idea, recently signed a contract with the Center for Aerospace Research at the University of Victoria to build three satellites, the last of which could be launched from a dedicated facility on Vancouver Island.

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March 20  |  By Dan Catchpole
The search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is nearing two weeks and still no firm sign of the missing Boeing 777-200ER or the 239 passengers and crew onboard.

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March 16  |  By Dan Catchpole
The heir-apparent to run the Boeing Co. told U.S. senators last week that the aerospace manufacturer is cutting costs to stay competitive in the global market, and he highlighted how Uncle Sam helps it compete.

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March 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
A U.S. Navy plane stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The plane, a P-3C Orion patrol craft from Maritime Patrol Squadron 46, joined the international search for the Boeing 777, which lost contact with authorities on the ground early in the morning on March 8 as it cruised...

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March 14  |  By Chuck Taylor
Flight 370: What happened? You tell us It's been a week now, and the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is officially weirder than weird.

It was a Boeing 777-200 — designed in Everett and built in Everett. Our readers know a lot more about what could have happened than just about anyone who wasn't actually on the plane. You are the engineers and mechanics who made the 777 one of the safest, most-successful commercial airliners in history.

So what happened?

What could...

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March 12  |  By Dan Catchpole
Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2014 aerospace progress report has a check mark next to “Secure Boeing 777X work for Washington.”The report, which was released Tuesday, highlights the state’s considerable efforts but doesn’t give any credit to the Machinists union, which actually ensured the new airplane will be assembled in Washington.

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March 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
While ships and aircraft scour Southeast Asian waters for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, investigators are also poring over records and databases and conducting countless interviews as they try to determine what happened to the Boeing 777-200 and the 239 people on board.

"There are a lot of parts of the puzzle that are not on the bottom of the ocean," said Thomas Anthony, director of the...

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March 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has set dates, times and locations for members to cast their ballots in an election of the union’s international leadership.

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March 6  |  By Chuck Taylor
The Boeing Co. today announced a change in retirement benefits for some 68,000 non-union employees who presently have a traditional defined-benefit pension plan. In 2016, those employees will transition to a company-funded defined contribution retirement savings plan — a 401(k).

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February 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
The year is off to a good start for Esterline Technologies Corp., which is in the process of a major restructuring of its operations and a leadership transition.

The Bellevue-based aerospace company recorded $505 million in sales and $35 million in adjusted net earnings in its fiscal year’s first quarter, which ended Jan. 31. The company expects 2014 revenue to be

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February 26  |  By Dan Catchpole
Members of the Machinists union in metro Puget Sound nominated candidates Tuesday night to take over the top spot at District Lodge 751, which represents about 32,000 members — mostly Boeing employees — in Washington and Oregon.The district is part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

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February 25  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. delivered a 777-300ER to China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline in fleet size and number of passengers carried, according to a news release from Boeing.In all, the Guangzhou, China-based airline has ordered 10 of the jetliners. It already operates more than 500 passenger and cargo Boeing and Airbus airplanes, according to the company’s website.

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February 24  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — The head of systems engineering and integration for Boeing’s new 777X jetliner is scheduled to speak at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s March 5 breakfast meeting.

Boeing executive Paul Lambertson will talk about what systems engineering means to the company and why it is important for suppliers to better understand the thinking within aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing.

Broadly...

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February 21  |  By Dan Catchpole
How much did you pay in federal income tax last year?If it was more than zero, you paid more than the Boeing Co., which didn’t pay any federal taxes, despite reporting more than $5.9 billion in U.S. pre-tax profits last year, according to the company’s Form 10-K, which it recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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February 15  |  By Dan Catchpole
Boeing is offering permanent workers in South Carolina bonuses to meet production goals for the 787 Dreamliner following a spike in unfinished work since the company increased production to 10 a month this year, Warren Wise reported Friday in the

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February 14  |  By Dan Catchpole
EVERETT — A couple of hundred self-styled AvGeeks — short for aviation geeks — are descending on Paine Field on Saturday to revel in all things aerospace.The two-day event — Aviation Geek Fest 2014 — is hosted by AirlineReporter.com, a Seattle-based blog about the airline industry.

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February 13  |  By Dan Catchpole
The head of the Machinists union, Tom Buffenbarger, surprised my colleague and good-natured competitor Steve Wilhelm at the Puget Sound Business Journal on Wednesday when he called Wilhelm for an unexpected interview.

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February 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour at Paine Field is the fourth-best aviation museum in the world, according to a ranking by CNN.The Museum of Flight in Seattle did not make the list, which includes entries from around the world.Of course, “best of” lists are always subjective, but, hey, when it works in your favor, who cares?

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February 11  |  By Dan Catchpole
Last week the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance awarded $33,450 in scholarships to 22 students during its annual conference.

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February 10  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. is bullish on Asia’s demand for passenger and cargo aircraft in the next 20 years.During that time, “nearly half of the world’s air traffic growth will be driven by travel to, from or within the Asia Pacific region,” according to the Chicago-based company’s market forecast for the region.

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February 4  |  By Chuck Taylor
The Future of Flight Foundation, which manages the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour on the Mukilteo side of Paine Field, has hired a new executive director to replace Barry Smith, the founding director who retired at the end of 2013. Bonnie Hilory will occupy the left seat starting Feb. 17, the foundation announced today.

Hilory has filled leadership roles at the Museum...

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February 1  |  By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal
Mukilteo-based Electroimpact was chosen as the aerospace company of the year, the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance announced this week.

The company was hailed for its "unique style of operation, cutting edge tooling and for bringing bold ideas to fruition," according to the aerospace alliance.

"The company has worked to improve our industry through legislation, education, training and community service. Electroimpact's philanthropic generosity has...

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January 31  |  By Dan Catchpole Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Boeing Co. and the U.S. Air Force say development and delivery of a new aerial-refueling tanker is still on track, despite a Pentagon report released this week warning that the $52 billion program could be delayed six to 12 months during testing.

However, the analysis in the U.S. Defense Department report was based on historical data from military development programs, whereas the KC-46A program schedule is based on Boeing Commercial Airplanes' more...

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January 30  |  By Chuck Taylor
Boeing flight paints a big '12' on Washington's map The Boeing Co. on Thursday employed a 747-8 freighter like a giant Etch-A-Sketch, tracing the number 12 on a map of Washington.

If you don't know the significance of the number 12 by now, well, there's just no hope for you.

Anyhow, flying low (12,000 feet) and mostly slow (200-300 mph), the test airplane with tail number

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January 29  |  By Dan Catchpole
A vintage Boeing B-29 Superfortress undergoing restoration could take to the skies as soon as this summer, volunteers for the project told The Wichita Eagle.That would make the bomber, nicknamed “Doc,” only one of two B-29s in flying condition.

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January 28  |  By Dan Catchpole
The Boeing Co. and Ethiopian Airlines worked with two non-profit groups based in metro Puget Sound to move 7,300 pounds of medical and educational supplies to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.The supplies were hauled on a newly delivered 777-300ER airplane. The plane was delivered to GE Capital Aviation Services and is being leased to Ethipoian Airlines, according to a news release from Boeing.

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