Boeing’s decision to shut down C-17 production is, in part, a tangible example of the effect that pressures from sequestration and an uncertain budget future are having on the U.S. aerospace industry. Boeing decided in September to close the Long Beach, Calif., final assembly line in 2015 following delivery of the last 22 strategic airlifters on order. The U.S. Air Force received the last of 223 C-17s last year. Boeing had kept the production line open with company funding, while cutting ...


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