In 2009, in Wichita, Kansas, I saw a trainload of Boeing 737 aircraft fuselages where there were supposed to be—on a train on the tracks.
Not like what happened on July 3, when a train carrying planes from Kansas to the state of Washington ended up in a river in Montana.
The 19-car BNSF train was carrying the complete fuselages of six single-aisle 737s, fuselage panels for a long-range 777, and wing parts for a jumbo 747.
|How they're supposed to look.|
Fortunately, there were no injuries.
The derailment threatened to throw a wrench in the tightly choreographed Boeing manufacturing process, which depends on just-in-time deliveries of parts.
I'm sure it surprised a few rafters on the river, too.