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This study-a comparability of the Boeing and division of security methods to constructing and generating an airplane-was undertaken to determine why the DOD procedure ends up in improvement and creation courses that span eleven to 21 years, whereas Boeing develops and produces planes in four to nine years. The C-17 and 777 have been selected simply because either use comparable know-how degrees.

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Aldridge, historian, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, "C-17 Program Directors," memorandum to author August 24, 1995. 59. C- 17 Historical Report January-June 1987 (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH: Air Force C17 Program Office, 1987). 60. Aldridge. 61. Selected Acquisition Report (RCS: DDCOMP (Q&A)823) Program 017, annual reports issued by the C-17 program office (WrightPatterson Air Force Base, OH, December 31, 1991), 1. 62. Ibid. 63. Saxer, 16, 17. 64. 1981 Annual Report (Long Beach, CA: McDonnell Douglas, December 31, 1981), 32.

Development Time for Boeing Commercial Models Years 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 '777 101 months 747-300 53 months 767-300 39 months 767 6 8 months r'lStart to G o A h e a d 757 iGo 52 months A h e a d to Finish 747 5 0 months 737 4 3 m onths 727 53 months 707 Source: William Savery, former chief, Engineering Operations, The Boeing Company. 43 • In 1986, the Packard Commission made recommendations based on six underlying features that typified the most successful commercial programs: clear command channels; stability; limited reporting requirements; small, high-quality staffs; communications with users; and prototyping and testing.

Serling,452. 18. JeremyMain, "Betting on the 21"t Century Jet," Fortune, April 20, 1992, 102-114. 19. Condit, interview by author. 20. Main, 108. 21. A. Donoghue, "Last Century's Rollout," Air Transport World, April 1994, 25. 22. James P. Woolsey, "777" Air Transport World, 1994, 27. 23. James P. Woolsey, "Maintenance," Air Transport World, 1994, July 1993, 80. 24. Paul Proctor, "Boeing 777 Design Targets Gate Mechanic," Aviation Week & Space Technology, April 11, 1994, 60. 25. Paul Proctor, "Boeing Rolls out 777 to Tentative Market," Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 22, 1993, 60.

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