Boeing said after the markets closed Thursday that it would take a $2.1 billion hit in after-tax earnings in the second quarter of 2016 because of charges to its 787 and 747 airliner programs, and the KC-46A air refueling tanker program.
Under an Air Force contract, Boeing will provide, operate and support an integrated maintenance training system for KC-46 air refueling tanker maintenance training at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
Since the peak year of 2009, when Wichita-based Textron Aviation delivered 125 Cessna Citation Mustangs, deliveries of the entry-level business jet have declined to single-digit delivery totals in each of the past two years.
Getting Doc off the ground for the first time in 60 years wasnt easy, but on Sunday morning the Boeing B-29 Superfortress finally eased into the air for what turned out to be a brief first flight. The Wichita-built, World War II bomber lifted off from a McConnell Air Force Base runway heading south at about 9 a.m. on Sunday and stayed airborne for about seven minutes before landing on the north end of the same runway.
Pilot Charles Tilghman had the honor of being the first to pilot the B-29 "Doc" after it made its return to flight after a 16-year restoration process in Wichita. (Video by Travis Heying and Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle)
"Doc", a World War II-era B-29 that was built in Wichita, but was left to rot in the Mojave Desert after being decommissioned in 1956, made a triumphant return to flight on Sunday. The plane, purchased by former B-29 crew member Tony Mazzolini over two decades ago, was brought to Wichita in pieces in 2000. For 16 years, volunteers brought the plane slowly back to life. Hundreds were on hand on the perimeter of McConnell Air Force Base to watch the historic moment where "Doc" made its first flight since 1956. (Video by Travis Heying and Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle)
Connie Palacioz was an 18-year-old employee at Boeing and drilled the original rivets into the nose section of the B-29 "Doc". Palacioz has worked for the past 16 years on the volunteer team that has worked to return the plane to the air. "Doc" was decommissioned in the mid 1950's and brought to Wichita on a flatbed truck in 2000. (Video by Jaime Green and Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)