Spirit Aerostructures operations in Oklahoma provide integrated wing structures and a diverse line of aerospace products and services, including design, build, support and spares/repair. We also manage a global supply base that provides best value for our customers.
The manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Okla., fabricates Boeing 737NG, 747-8, 777 and 787 composite and metallic wing components as well as metallic and composite floor beams for the 777 and 787 programs. Military program involvement includes the E3 AWACS radomes, engine cowls and rudders.
Current programs at the Tulsa site include development and production of composite and metallic wing components for the Boeing 737NG, 747-8, 777 and 787 product lines. The site is responsible for the design and delivery of a fully integrated wing for the G280 and the G650 aircraft. Spirit’s expertise on military programs is being used to produce the E-3 AWACS IFF and radar radomes, engine cowls and rudders.
The manufacturing facility in McAlester, Okla., supports both the Wichita and Tulsa sites with machined parts and subassemblies. The Tulsa and McAlester sites provide world-class structures and service for customers across the globe.
Flaps and Slats
Fixed Leading Edge
Fixed Trailing Edge
Fixed Leading-edge Wing
More than 15,000 pounds of structure are produced in Tulsa for every 747 that is built. The fixed leading-edge wing components, bulkheads and pressure floor have been produced at our Tulsa site since 1962.
Composite Floor Beams
In Tulsa, we produce composite floor beams unique to the 777. We also make the leading-edge slats for that program here on our moving line.
787 Wing Leading Edges – two major components Fixed Leading Edge (FLE) and Moveable Leading Edge (MLE).
FLE first delivery was October 2006; MLE first delivery was March 2007. Lightweight, first-composite MLE-slats for commercial aircraft; unique electronically heated for wing ice protection system.
AeroStructures has a rich history with space programs, including designing and building the advance composite payload bay doors for NASA’s space shuttle orbiters, and producing the “Z-One” truss assembly and long spacer for the international space station. Recent programs include the AC-130U Gunship, J-UCAS (Joint Unmanned Combat Air System) and the AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System).
Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
Unserviceable AWACS radomes are refurbished and painted in and returned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. Large, complex, multi-layered honeycomb fiberglass structures with unique, robotically applied external coatings.
Modification of four “green” C-130s into AC130U Gunships by providing sheet metal, machining, structural, bond and composite assemblies.
Joint Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS)
Fabrication of the Fuselage/Wing Edges and other bonded structures.