First In Flight

2012

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SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS INC. FIRST IN FLIGHT Spirit AeroSystems Inc.'s produces the Airbus A350 XWB at its plant in Kinston. North Carolina's Aviation Industry Soars Tar Heel companies use emerging technology and a VNLOOHG ZRUNIRUFH WR WDNH Á\LQJ WR QHZ KHLJKWV After several alterations to the craft, including adding an engine, WKH EURWKHUV DFKLHYHG KLVWRU\·V ÀUVW SRZHUHG ÁLJKW LQ B DQG rothers Orville and Wilbur Wright were attracted to the weather and terrain along North Carolina's coast. The wind in Kitty Hawk was good for their experiment, a JOLGHU WKDW SUHVHQWHG WKH SRVVLELOLW\ RI PDQQHG ÁLJKW put North Carolina's aviation industry on the map. More than \HDUV ODWHU WKH VWDWH KDV EHFRPH D KXE IRU WKH DYLDWLRQ DQG aerospace industry. Charlotte-based Goodrich Corp. manufac- WXUHV RYHU RI WKH ZRUOG·V ODQGLQJ JHDU VD\V 5D\ -RQHV president of North Carolina Aerospace Alliance. Berwyn, Pa.-based Triumph Group Inc. and Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit Silver Sponsor: B USI N E SS N O R TH C AR O L I N A

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