Mesa, AZ. Home of the Apache Attack Helicopter and more…


.the hot desert air above Mesa,

Ariz., frequently pulses with the

sound of Apache attack helicopters as the intimidating machines are put

through their paces after emerging from

the Boeing production line.

It’s a sound that’s become familiar over

the nearly 30 years that the Mesa site has

built Apaches for the U.S. Army and a

growing number of international customers.

And Mesa employees are justly proud of

the site’s most famous product.

“Just to hear those things fly above …

It gives you a sense of accomplishment and

pride to know you had a hand in something

that was worthwhile,” said Ramon Pena Jr.,

an electrical and mechanical assembler who

has spent 26 years working on the Apache.

Mesa’s flagship line is rolling out the

first of the next-generation Apache Block III

production models this fall. The U.S. Army

plans to order nearly 700 newly built or

remanufactured Block III helicopters, which

will keep the Mesa site busy for at least

the next decade.

But there’s more to Mesa than the

Apache line. Working alongside the rotorcraft program employees, a contingent of

more than 175 Boeing Test & Evaluation

employees is instrumental in rotorcraft

development, engineering and flight-test

activities. Additionally, Mesa’s composites

and electrical fabrication centers are

making a growing array of components

for multiple Boeing aircraft.

“We’ve gone from producing Block II

Apaches two years ago to having three

and soon four production lines here today,”

said Dave Koopersmith, Boeing Military

Aircraft’s vice president of Attack Helicopter

Programs and Mesa senior site executive,

referring to the two Apache production

lines, A160T Hummingbird unmanned

system assembly and the anticipated AH-6i

light attack/reconnaissance helicopter line.

“We’ve had a long-term investment strategy

here with an incredible foundation provided

by the Apache line.”

More http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/archive/2011/november/cover.pdf

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