Folks, I visited the Beech factory in Wichita 2 weeks
ago. What a treat. I recommend it . We got picked up
in the reception area and driven to Building 1 and 2 .
The buildings where now Bonanza's ( A36) and Barons
are being built. Fascinating... Some of the tooling in
use is 50 + years old. We saw the last Bonanza with
steam dials being finished off. Now all new stuff is
Flat screens G1000. All the work is still done the way
to used to build them years ago. The building is
rather small with Tails of almost completed aircraft
sticking out the side of the builing. Really cute to
watch. Really so secrets or surprises anywhere ezxcept
the fact that the wings are coming from a different
plant. Very little inventory is seen to lay around...
All parts are identified and serial numbered already
and belong to a particular aircraft being built. The
biggest treat was to visit the new plant where the
larger planes are being built from composites. We
toured that building and that's a fabulous sight. The
fuselage of a Premier jet for instance ( without the
nose) in a ONE piece mould weight about 420 pounds,
that's it. The guy picked it up at the tail-end and
lifted it off the floor without any effort. No wonder
metal is going out of fashion.
Worthwhile visit for sure!!

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