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Joe Sutter, 'Father of the Boeing 747' 1921 - 2016
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:04 pm    Post subject: Joe Sutter, 'Father of the Boeing 747' 1921 - 2016 Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37231980

I remember making a special journey to Manchester to see the first BOAC 747 arrive.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that, shame, I was only watching a documentary about the 747's development the other evening and he was on it. As a youth in the 1980s I visited Germany on an exchange visit thing, one day I got to go around Lufthansa's engineering base at Frankfurt airport and remember being in awe of a cargo 747 that was in for a service.

Many years later I got to crawl around an ex-Olympic 747 being dismantled at Bruntingthorpe, I still have one of the interior trim panels from it in the garage, again the scale of the thing was mighty impressive.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a family member who worked on Boeing, Seattle. One year when we visited them, we also took in the public tour of the factory. Awesome, then we got a special treat, a visit to the simulator. Couldn't get to have a go, Crying or Very sad but were able to watch recovery simulations from, flight surface seizure and multiple display failures.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember while I was working for Avis truck rental near Toronto airport, about a dozen 747s flew over heading for the airport. I thought "this must be their new fleet arriving". A couple of months or so later I was on a Detroit Diesel engine course and got talking to the guy next to me at break time. He was an older guy and didn't look like a mechanic. I enquirer why he was there and he said he had just retired from Air Canada as its senior pilot and was now going to spend his time ferrying boats from Canada to Florida for the snowbirds and he figured he aught to get to know about the most popular power units. I then asked him about the 'fleet' arriving and he laughed and said "no, we only had the one and I was in it training the pilots. We were doing touch and goes" Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Joe Sutter, 'Father of the Boeing 747' 1921 - 2016 Reply with quote

peterwpg wrote:
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37231980

I remember making a special journey to Manchester to see the first BOAC 747 arrive.


I,too, saw the first B747 land at Heathrow, 1968 IIRC. It was PanAm's flight PA001 which, again from memory, circumnavigated the globe on a scheduled basis. It was quite a memorable sight seeing such a big aircraft touch down at a strange angle compared to the other aircraft of the day.
Luckily, I was quite close to the runway since I worked for Air Canada at LHR at the time, so was 'airside' hence the priviledged view.

I also cherish the memories of my involvement in the total reconstruction of TCA's (subsequently Air Canada) McDonnell Douglas DC8 which slid off the end of the runway at LHR on take-off into a cabbage patch, causing serious damage to the aircraft (and probably the cabbages!) but not enought to write it off. Rebuilding took place at B.O.A.C.'s massive hanger called TBA1. ...but I digress.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Joe Sutter, 'Father of the Boeing 747' 1921 - 2016 Reply with quote

UmTumTiddly wrote:
peterwpg wrote:
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37231980

I remember making a special journey to Manchester to see the first BOAC 747 arrive.


I,too, saw the first B747 land at Heathrow, 1968 IIRC. It was PanAm's flight PA001 which, again from memory, circumnavigated the globe on a scheduled basis. It was quite a memorable sight seeing such a big aircraft touch down at a strange angle compared to the other aircraft of the day.
Luckily, I was quite close to the runway since I worked for Air Canada at LHR at the time, so was 'airside' hence the priviledged view.

I also cherish the memories of my involvement in the total reconstruction of TCA's (subsequently Air Canada) McDonnell Douglas DC8 which slid off the end of the runway at LHR on take-off into a cabbage patch, causing serious damage to the aircraft (and probably the cabbages!) but not enought to write it off. Rebuilding took place at B.O.A.C.'s massive hanger called TBA1. ...but I digress.


Sounds like you have some interesting stories ...

RJ
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rick,

Yes, I guess like many folk on this forum, I do have a few interesting experiences. I started out working in aviation back in the early 60's when I was a young man, hence my interest in this section of the forum. I discovered an early interest in vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, with a passion that lingers to this day; so that part of my interest is catered for. I also became an avid boater (of the motorised kind) forty-odd years ago and still enjoy navigating the oceans.

In my retirement (I refuse to admit I am ageing at almost 71 - having just bought a 2016 Jaguar F-Type V6S coupe, which I drive with alacrity!) I am enjoying 'dipping' into this diverse forum you created and also the enthusiasts who contribute to it. Thanks.

P.S. I do wish I could be reunited with my first PVT car; a 1935 Armstrong Siddeley 12/6 Sports Coupe which I sold to an Irishman at an auction at the Ally Pally in 1977.
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