22 Aircraft Construction From A To Z

Aircraft Construction From A To Z

Posted on November 15, 2011 by


We've got used to think that Russian production factories are, as a rule, half-destroyed buildings with leaking roofs and crooked staircases ending at the ceiling. However, the aircraft construction factory where they produce Sukhoi Superjets 100 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, is a sufficient refutation of the charge. About 12 thousand people work at the two departments of the factory. In the first one they make the fuselage, and in the other one they install electronics, engines, etc. Let's see how they turn a piece of aluminium into a plane.


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22 Responses to “Aircraft Construction From A To Z”

  1. moo says:

    Hehehe now I know which seats to get in a SSJ100. Get the first seats behind the business class becasue you will have a bunch more space. Even if they putt a divider there still more room then regular seats.

  2. petrohof says:

    i imagine that construction of the factory was as complicated as that of the planes

  3. Mr Cool says:

    I opened this entry only to see more pictures of those cute girls assembling the plane. Thank you, I love Russian girls.

  4. perristalsis says:

    Just do a special on the chicks that work at the factory, they’re gorgeous!

  5. Zonda says:

    At the first sight of this post, pic#1 – “blondies wiring devices”, it explain part of the Russian aviation incidents…:)

  6. yojimbo says:

    It is always pretty amazing to see how complex an aircraft actually is so much goes into making one and and keeping one flying.

    In one of my old Air Force squadrons we had around 20 C-130 and 9 C-9s for just that small number of aircraft the squadron had 2,000 people in it all but the handful of staff workers performing some job in aircraft maintenance and those aircraft are just simple cargo planes you can obviously guess that more complex types of aircraft need even more people.

  7. j pigden says:

    This reminds me of a story I got from a BUFF driver (B52 pilot). The BUFF is an oddball in the USAF inventory. It’s been around for so long and changed so many times that working on it has become a nightmare. There is so much wire, installed by so many different people (most no longer in uniform), at so many different places (some stations no longer in use), documentation misplaced that the current maintenance crews won’t cut any wire! They aren’t sure where it came from, not sure where it goes, nor what exactly it does, but they ain’t going to touch it!!!

    • Hirsh says:

      Not cutting wires on a plane that is older then those who work on it and crew it is “a good thing” as Martha Stewart would say. :)

    • yojimbo says:

      Actually the B-52 is not the only long career aircraft the KC-135 also been in service since 1957 just a few years shorter than the B-52.Most C-130Js the latest model are really re-built C-130Hs which began life in the early 70s.

      Basically they just completely upgrade the guts and either remove or ignore no longer used wiring which in general the required amount goes down as technology improves.I work for a company that makes aircraft wire for Boeing,AirBus,Lockeed Martin to name a few we start by winding the copper coils into larger wire and then it gets sealed but each machine makes the wire in 10,000ft lengths so if you make a mistake and fail to notice until the end opps.Not too big a deal if you do this once in while though seeing as they simply recycle the copper right in the same facility anyway.

  8. Mad Max2 says:

    “Just like Boeing…”
    The plane and the facility look great, but like Boeing? No.
    Maybe more like McDonnell Douglas 30 years ago.

      • Hirsh says:

        Not sure what he meant, but Boeing was already doing fullout cad aircraft design in the early ’90s which resulted in the 777. Story says the SSJ100 is Sukoi’s first foray into full out cad design. I suspect they built more proto parts then boeing did too, just to make sure everything worked. As for MD, they first started using in house designed CAD software in the mid ’60s and by the mid 1970s they were already buying Unigraphics Corporation.

        “Boeing debuts the twin-engine 777, the biggest two-engine jet ever to fly and the first aircraft produced through computer-aided design and engineering. Only a nose mockup was actually built before the vehicle was assembled—and the assembly was only 0.03 mm out of alignment when a wing was
        attached.”

  9. Hirsh says:

    Looking down the empty fuselage shell really drives home how minimilistic, and elegant, the structure is that you’re betting you’re life on.

  10. CCCP says:

    I like to see foreign machines at Russian production lines… This show that Russian science is strong…

    • Hola! says:

      This is none-sense. In the era of globalization you will find that to find indigenously produced assembly-line machines is impossible anywhere, not specifying Russia in particular.

      • Hirsh says:

        Exactly. Sukhoi is pulling talent from many parts of the world to build the SSJ100. Flight deck partner is Thales, Parker for hydraulics etc., design software is Dassault Systems/IBM Catia V5, much of the manufacturing equipment is internationally sourced, etc. Design phase was also a collaboration between the strong design team of Sukhoi and their international partners.

        But it is nice to see Sukhoi is a strong player in the Airline manufacturing market. Not a lot of room for too many players these days. I sure wouldn’t want to fly on a Chinese designed airliner anytime soon! The SSJ100, no problem. Just maybe not the first ones, lol. Perhaps one a brunette wired.

  11. Matlok says:

    Pretty impressive! And like every other “swinging Richard” that checked this post out, I think the girls are hot! Show us more please!

  12. Comrade says:

    Hope, the plane fly well! And those girls are absolutely beautiful! Hope they are good workers. :)

  13. Jimbo says:

    It’s good to see the inter. Products that me and my friends B/E Aerospace produce in the USA. Nice Planes, good to see some work for Russia.. Hope to be there to visit..

  14. Jude Mungwe Nsatuh says:

    seeking for job

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