Tornado Hits Train Carrying Boeing Parts

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A train carrying subassemblies for Boeing from Wichita to Everett, Wash., was hit by a tornado earlier this week and, based on this video posted to YouTube by StormChasingVideo.com (it's the first 40 seconds) it seems likely there will be, at a minimum, some supply-chain disruptions at the Boeing plant. As the storm chasers mention in the video, the train was carrying Boeing 737 fuselages (yes, we are struck by the irony, too) but the aluminum tubes appear to have escaped a direct hit. However, an AVweb reader who works at the Tulsa plant has told us that the train was also carrying wings for Boeing's new flagship 747-8. He told us the railway is still tallying up the damage.