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Phil Condit, The Boeing Company

What follows is the full text of Boeing Chairman Phil Condit's speech to the Economic Club of Detroit, given November 12, 2001. Mr Condit talks about the future of aviation in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States, airline security and his industry's relationship with Detroit.

Text of Speech

Thank you, Mayor Archer.

I'm delighted to be here today to mark Detroit's 300th anniversary as a city, and to celebrate Veterans Day with you

Winston Churchill said, "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others."

After the tragic events of two months ago, it seems particularly important that we pause and salute "the courage and the sacrifice" that our service men and women have made, are making, and will make.

To salute our military, Boeing is now running a 60-second television ad called "Salute," which I would like to play as a "thank you" to all veterans.

Thank you to those who protect our freedom!

Today I want to talk about the need for an integrated, productive, safe global aviation system and share a path that might get us there.

The aerospace industry provides a critical infrastructure for the world and is similar to the auto industry in many ways.

We were born around the same time and have much in common. Our founders were people who dared to dream. People who could imagine the impossible.

Curious people. People who invented and experimented, tinkered and discovered -- often in garages, from Detroit and Dayton to Kitty Hawk.

People with last names of Ford, Fisher, Chrysler, Durant, and Benz. And people with last names of Wright, Boeing, Douglas, Martin, McDonnell, Hughes, and Jeppesen.

While the automobile opened up the frontier of our countryside and a network of interstates and freeways from I-90 and I-5 to Route 66, the airplane opened up travel in the sky first from city-to-city, then coast-to-coast, and finally transatlantic and transpacific.

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