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Watch and Learn: F/A-18 F Super Hornet Built From Ground Up

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Solid as it looks shown here with all of its precious ordnance, the F/A-18 F Super Hornet strike fighter gets assembled one tiny piece at a time like anything else. See it all happen in glorious time-lapse photography:

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Funny to me how much the beginning of the process is all about straight lines, while the latter half is all curves. Also funny to me how few women work in the field of airplane assembly. Must be a dude thing. [LiveLeak]


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If you want to see an amazing example of modern manufacturing, check out how Lexus builds cars. PBS had a episode of Nova about a week ago were they showed how Lexus makes SUV's. It was amazing.

I know F-18's are not built in numbers that would make a modern automated assembly line cost effective, so I don't fault the video or the manufacturing process. But that process was absolutely archaic. Goodness, were those things built by hand?

I would love to see a manufacturing process like what Lexus uses for SUV's applied to the manufactur of fighter jets. But for that to happen, we would need to be building jets at a rate that only global war would necessitate. Not really worth it I guess.