Florida Senate - 2016                            (NP)    SR 1790
       By Senator Gaetz
       1-04336-16                                            20161790__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing July 15, 2016, as “Boeing
    3         Centennial Day” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, founded by William Boeing in 1916, Boeing has
    6  become a leader in the commercial and military aerospace
    7  industries, setting standards for excellence in science and
    8  technology, and
    9         WHEREAS, in its 100-year history, Boeing has been
   10  responsible for innovations in passenger airplanes, military
   11  aircraft, missiles, satellites, and spacecraft and has helped
   12  the United States and the world cross frontiers in aerospace
   13  technologies, and
   14         WHEREAS, Boeing’s heritage includes the Douglas DC-3, the
   15  first passenger airplane widely used by airlines; the iconic B
   16  52 Stratofortress, in use by the United States military for 61
   17  years; and the 707 and 747, which launched the jetliner era, and
   18         WHEREAS, every American spacecraft that has carried
   19  astronauts into space was designed and built by companies that
   20  are now part of Boeing, and
   21         WHEREAS, as a key player in commercial aerospace
   22  operations, national defense support, and space exploration,
   23  Boeing employs an estimated 1,400 individuals at multiple
   24  locations in this state and directly and indirectly supports
   25  33,000 jobs, and
   26         WHEREAS, Boeing’s Special Operations Forces Aerospace
   27  Support Center, located in Fort Walton Beach, supports United
   28  States Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field
   29  through the modification, testing, repair, and service of AC
   30  130U and CV-22 platforms and other equipment, and
   31         WHEREAS, Boeing’s presence in Jacksonville includes a
   32  structural repair facility for the United States Navy and Marine
   33  Corps F/A-18 aircraft; the manufacturing and development site
   34  for the United States Air Force’s QF-16 full-scale aerial target
   35  at Cecil Field; and flight, tactical, and maintenance training
   36  systems development and instruction for the United States Navy’s
   37  P-8A Poseidon aircraft, and
   38         WHEREAS, Boeing is the prime contractor for the
   39  International Space Station and, as such, has program personnel
   40  at Florida’s Space Coast and NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space
   41  Center, and
   42         WHEREAS, Boeing is building the core stage of NASA’s new
   43  heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, and Boeing engineers
   44  are located at the Space Coast to oversee the design aspects of
   45  the project, and
   46         WHEREAS, the John F. Kennedy Space Center serves as home to
   47  Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program, which is responsible for
   48  building the CST-100 Starliner crew capsule that will transport
   49  NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, returning
   50  Americans to space from Florida, and
   51         WHEREAS, Boeing Flight Services, in Miami, is the company’s
   52  largest commercial aviation global training campus and the pro
   53  forma training facility for Boeing in the Americas, consisting
   54  of 16 full-flight simulators that offer training for all Boeing
   55  7-Series airplanes, and
   56         WHEREAS, Boeing’s success has been due in great part to the
   57  hard work and dedication of countless employees over the years,
   58  many of whom serve as leaders in their communities, and
   59         WHEREAS, in 2014, Boeing and its employees in this state
   60  contributed more than $5 million and many volunteer hours to
   61  worthy charitable causes, and
   62         WHEREAS, Boeing will commemorate its centennial on July 15,
   63  2016, and throughout the year with events that highlight the
   64  collaboration between its employees, suppliers, partners, and
   65  local communities to ensure outstanding service and equipment
   66  for the nation’s men and women in uniform, the next generation
   67  of space explorers, and the flying public, NOW, THEREFORE,
   69  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   71         That July 15, 2016, is recognized as “Boeing Centennial
   72  Day” in Florida.