Pentagon Cited Boeing Over Quality Concerns Going Back Years

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By Anthony Capaccio
April 16, 2018, 4:00 AM EDT

Boeing Co. was cited by the Pentagon for continuing quality, management and other deficiencies first issued more than two years ago, including problems related to production of its flagship F/A-18 and F-15 jets, according to documents and officials.

Flaws at Boeing’s St. Louis aircraft production facility ranged from missing, backwards and out-of-specification fasteners found on undelivered F/A-18s and F-15s to oversized holes, missing components and incorrect parts installed on the factory’s production line, according to four “Corrective Action Requests” issued by the Pentagon’s contractor watchdog.

A U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet receives fuel from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender over Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller) (Released)

A U.S. Navy F-18 HornetSource: USAF
In other cases, planes under assembly inadvertently hit maintenance work stands or other equipment on the floor, damaging the aircraft, the Defense Contract Management Agency said in a statement to Bloomberg News.

Some of the issues remain unresolved after more than 904 days, according to records compiled by the agency. They included other programs at the company’s St. Charles, Missouri, facility as well as the St. Louis aircraft production line, the agency said.

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