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The great Boeing metal-airplane shop (pictures)

Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. manufactures both composite and aluminum fuselage sections for Boeing jets. Today, CNET Road Trip takes a look at the metal side of the shop.

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Despite tornadoes and derailments, the 737s keep on coming

Every month, Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan., turns out 42 fuselages for 737s. And it's survived a disaster or two. CNET Road Trip 2014 stops by.

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Want major new aircraft designs? Wait until 2030

Boeing and Airbus are tweaking the tried-and-true instead of going all out for all-new. Here's why the jet-age pizzazz has been grounded.

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In Wichita, the 787 Dreamliner gets its head start

Every month, Spirit Aerosystems turns out ten Dreamliner forward sections, complete with electronics and other systems. CNET Road Trip 2014 checked out the production line.

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In Kansas, where 787 Dreamliners are born (pictures)

Boeing's next-gen planes are assembled in Washington or South Carolina, but the front sections are made in Kansas. CNET Road Trip 2014 visits the aviation heartland to see the manufacturing process.

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Airbus reports best-ever jet sales at Farnborough: $75.3B

The aviation industry spends big bucks and plans years in advance. Airbus sells 496 passenger jets at the UK airshow.

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DETROIT -  JANUARY 12:  Ford Motor Company President and Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally gives the opening speech at the Automotive News World Congress January 12, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  The annual World Congress features many of the auto industry's leaders. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Alan Mulally

Google appoints former Ford CEO Mulally to board

After leaving Ford on July 1, auto and aviation industry giant Alan Mulally is named to Google's board of directors and audit committee.

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Boeing's 777X plans: Big windows, lots of air, and robot manufacturing

The company is copying passenger-friendly details from its 787 Dreamliner into its upcoming 777X wide-body passenger jet, the company announces at the Farnborough airshow.

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Boeing's extra-long 787-9 loops over Farnborough (pictures)

The second Dreamliner model, which Boeing just started shipping to customers, took its debut flight above the prestigious UK airshow. Here's a look.

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With A330neo, Airbus gives new life to an older jet

New jets get a lot of attention at the Farnborough airshow, but Airbus believes there's demand for an older plane revamped with new, more efficient engines.

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Up close with the first Boeing 787-9 (pictures)

Boeing showed off the test version of its 280-passengenger, energy-efficient jet at the Farnborough International Airshow. Here's a look at this special test model.

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Boeing flaunts longer new 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough

At the Farnborough airshow, the Seattle aircraft maker shows off the first energy-efficient 787-9 built. Also: how the longer 280-passenger endured tests of performance, temperature, and a virtual barrel roll.

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