Like a well-oiled machine, Boeing routinely flies newly assembled and painted 737s “over the hill” from its busy production facility at Renton, Washington, to Boeing Field, just 5 mi. away, for final checkout and delivery. The system, which also includes sending some aircraft to Boeing Field for painting, has operated smoothly for decades. So why, from late 2018 onward, will an increasing number of brand-new 737 MAXs fly instead in their green zinc chromate primer an astonishing ...

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