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August 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing delays: Is the Dreamliner a dream that will never fly?

Thanks to The Times, staying off Boeing’s Play Doh plane

The Seattle Times has, for many years, done a great job of untangling complex details of aerospace manufacturing without making its highly readable articles seem dumbed down. This goes back to Byron Acohido’s outstanding investigative series on the mysterious 737 rudder control problem, the notorious MD-80 jackscrew story and now the perils of baking the composite pastry that will be the 787 Dreamliner [“787 fuselage work halted,” page one, Aug. 14].

I wonder how many other readers share my reaction to these latest events: What a screwed-up way to build an airplane!

Will Boeing outsource the legal defense work necessitated by lawsuits launched by angry customers and shareholders to five foreign nations as well? You know, so everybody gets their fair share of the work.

Just to be on the safe side, it will be many years before I strap myself into one of these Play Doh comets.

— Charles Pickel, Seattle

If it’s a Boeing, I’m not going

My god, what next for Boeing? Now there are more delays in the 787 Dreamliner program. Gee, who’s at fault now?

The Machinists Union gets blamed for everything, but they’re without fault when it comes to the corporate decisions concerning problems building the 787. None of it is the unions’ fault — not the strike, not anything.

Every decision made about the building of any Boeing product comes from management, period. The workers have no say. Which idiot manager dreamed up this ridiculous idea of farming out virtually all the work on the 787?

It was management’s idea, and they made the decision. Will this screwed-up plane ever fly? Who would want to risk their life trying?

There used to be a saying: “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going.” Obviously, that should be changed to: “If it’s a Boeing plane, I’m not flying.”

— Richard B. Ellenberger, Normandy Park

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