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Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:37 pm

LOS ANGELES—Joe Sutter, dubbed “Father of the 747” by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, has died. He was 95. The cause of death was not revealed.

As the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747 program, Sutter is credited with leading the development of the first widebody aircraft, which ushered in the globe-shrinking age of mass air travel.


Full article: http://aviationweek.com/commercial-avia ... 47-dies-95

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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:57 pm

Rest in Peace, you can now sleep satisfied after completing amazing job of revolutionizing world transport.
 
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:00 pm

R.I.P. I know that I can never repay what you gave to a fledgling airline nerd like me.
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:10 pm

R.I.P., I hope Boeing will organize a 747-fly-by during funeral (if the family agrees to do so...)
 
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:19 pm

R.I.P. Job well done.
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Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:48 pm

Thank you Mr. Sutter. May you rest in peace.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:26 am

VirginFlyer wrote:
He was 95. The cause of death was not revealed.


Cause of death was being 95.

What a legacy though. I wonder if he knew the 747 would be in production the rest of his life....
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:18 am

Thanks for the many wonderful rides Joe and R.I.P.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:34 am

A great American which made what was truly the " People's Airplane." If not for the economics of the 747 many people could not have crossed the Atlantic and discovered Europe. Just think of this man's contribution to the country's balance of payments, he generated Billions of trade surpluses. Joe Sutter created something which we will never experience again, sadly, as the world has become a twin engine one. That AA 77W I flew to LHR from Miami three week ago if a fine bird but it doesn't have that 747 "X" Factor. Joe gave us the plane with the ultimate "X" Factor. RIP Joe Sutter you left your impression on this world at 40,000 fleet in a very impressive manor.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:48 am

A colorful guy and a great story teller. I recall him stating that his team created the 747 using slide rulers and pencils - astonishing what they accomplished with so little of the technology we rely on today. I hope he snagged a lie flat first class suite (1A) on his journey home.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:18 am

Godspeed Joe Sutter, thank you for your wonderful legacy. Thank you very much.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:18 am

My first ever ride I can remember (I did some flights as a baby) was on a chartered LH 747-200, FRA-YYC and YVR-FRA in 1983. Since then, I had the pleasure to fly on 61 flights with "his" jumbos, with LH, QF, NZ, AC, UA, MD, TG, CX, KL, and SQ. Apart from one, they have always been a pleasure, and I am looking forward to hopefully many more on LH, and possibly KE and CA.

What a massive influence he had, in aviation, associated businesses, and for many of us aviation lovers!
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:22 am

Now I'm saddened. The world has been saddened by a few movie stars and sports stars dying this year. While I note those, I move on. This one hits a little more home.

I love flying on the 747. I love watching engine #1 or #4 shake and shimmy with the turbulence. I loved his book, 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation. Not only was it a really neat book about the Queen of the Skies, it was really neat from an engineering perspective. RIP, Joe! The aviation world has lost one of the greatest.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:54 am

zkeoj wrote:
My first ever ride I can remember (I did some flights as a baby) was on a chartered LH 747-200, FRA-YYC and YVR-FRA in 1983.

My first ever on the Jumbo was also on a chartered bird; to Taipei in 1979 on a SQ 742. My last was probably on CX's 744 from BKK to SIN in the late 90s. The Y seats were overbooked and I got bumped into the premium section ; my first and only experience in the unique nose cabin.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:58 am

May you Rest In Peace, Mr Sutter.

My first ever flight was YMML - WSSS with QF in 1983. I was into aviation as a young boy, but this trip truly made me fall in love. I sat on the upper deck with the rest of my family and it is a cherished memory for me!

This would not have happened without the hard word, dedication and design by this man. Many thanks to you, and many condolences to your family.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:10 am

The 747 sparks my love in aviation. Thanks for the wonderful creation, Joe.

I can still remember the first time I few on a 747, it was from Hong Kong to Los Angeles back in 1994.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:22 am

My first flight on the 747 (in fact, my first flight at all) was JNB - JFK on an SA 747 (either -200 or -SP, I have never managed to find out which) via Ilo d'Sol in 1983. It was the start of a life-long love of traveling. Our return was also on the 747 - IAD to LHR and then, a month later, LHR - HRE - JNB, both on BA. I believe IAD - LHR was a -100, and I've been informed that LHR - HRE - JNB would almost certainly have been on a -200.

My most recent flight (and very possibly my last 747 flight) was CX HKG - TPE in January this year. I've managed to find myself upstairs a good number of times -- and I've always enjoyed the small cabin feel up there, especially when I've been flying J on CX.

Possibly my strangest experience in a 747 was flying Y+ on BR to MNL. I was in the second row downstairs, so was well forward of the NLG. Turning onto the runway I was quite surprised -- and a little nervous -- when I noticed that I appeared to be seated over the grass! Took me a moment to realize how far forward I really was.

Of all the variations on the theme, there are only three that I know for sure I've never flown: The SR, -300, and -8i (and, obviously the F variants).
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:36 am

My first flight on the B747 which was also my first flight ever was in 1974 at the age of 2. Of course I don't remember, but my mom told me we flew from JFK to FRA on a Pan Am B747 (probably a -100). My mom and I were visiting my grandmother (Oma) in Augsburg. She moved much closer to Frankfurt Airport the following year (Aschaffenburg).
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:26 am

A legend has passed. I am grateful to have been apart of building such a great airplane. No one today can do what Joe and his team did back in the 1960's.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:29 am

RIP Joe. A Pan Am 747 Brought my mother to the USA in 1975 to begin a new job and she has been here ever since. I have also had the pleasure of flying on a few 747's myself and I think that it is one of the most beautiful planes ever built especially the nose section.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:58 am

Joe Sutter has left his imprint on the world with the 747. Many millions around the world owe gratitude to the man who made intercontinental air travel accessible to the masses. I used to beg my mom to see if we could fly on a United domestic 747 from SFO to DEN and ORD, and we did more than once. I also flew an LH 744 from SFO to FRA multiple times. Rest in peace.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:03 am

Every 747 is shedding a tear today, RIP and thoughts go out to his family.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:22 am

Sutter's death comes at an uncertain time for the 747's future. ... Reminds me of stories when husband and wife dies with in 10 minutes due natural causes after marriage of 50 plus years.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:35 am

The BBC showed a programme about the 747, only a few days ago one evening and that seems very poignant now. He came across as one of these people that you could sit and listen to for hours talking.

My first 747 flight was on I'm pleased to say a Pan Am 747, an iconic combination, from LHR-SFO some thirty years ago.
All being well my next 747 flight will be with Qantas from HKG-SYD in the New Year, so I will raise a glass to Joe's memory and the Seattle team.

These days a lot of people just talk about how great they are and what they do, but the passing of industry legends show that it's often those that get on and do it, who's work bears testimony to their achievements. They don't have to boast about it, they can just feel very proud of a job well done. What a legacy to leave.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:24 am

Boeing have put a nice tribute on their website:

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/joesutter/index.page

This morning we lost one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved member of the Boeing family. Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” passed away at the age of 95.

Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration – not just to those of us at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry. He personified the ingenuity and passion for excellence that made Boeing airplanes synonymous with quality the world over.

Early in Joe’s career, he had a hand in many iconic commercial airplane projects, including the Dash 80, its cousin the 707 and the 737. But it was the 747 – the world’s first jumbo jet – that secured his place in history.

Joe led the engineering team that developed the 747 in the mid-1960s, opening up affordable international travel and helping connect the world. His team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the Incredibles for producing what was then the world’s largest airplane in record time – 29 months from conception to rollout. It remains a staggering achievement and a testament to Joe’s “incredible” determination.

Long after he retired, Joe remained very active within the company. He continued to serve as a consultant on the Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group, and he was still a familiar sight to many of us working here. By then his hair was white and he moved a little slower, but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering devotion to aerospace innovation and The Boeing Company. Fittingly, he was on hand to celebrate our centennial at the Founders Day weekend. He was one of a kind.

Joe was loved. He made a difference in the world. He made a difference to us. We will miss him and cherish our time with him.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:07 am

VirginFlyer wrote:
Boeing have put a nice tribute on their website:

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/joesutter/index.page

This morning we lost one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved member of the Boeing family. Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” passed away at the age of 95.
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Joe was loved. He made a difference in the world. He made a difference to us. We will miss him and cherish our time with him.

Ray


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Well put words for a great man who lived a well deserved very long life.
Has there ever been someone in aviation like him since "he" created the Jumbo Jet? No, and very likely there wont be in future as the industry has become too complex.
R.I.P. Joe Sutter! Your legacy will never be forgotten.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:52 am

A sad day for aviation !

After almost 20.000 hrs operating 747's, I can say : a perfect design, that changed aviation and also influenced my professional life for a large part.

THX, Joe Sutter R.I.P.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:40 pm

From the very first in 1969 to the very last version in 2011 (747-8i).
Must have been very special to have your design still being build and rolling out the factory more then 40 years later.
Probably the most iconic airplane (design) ever that only took 28 months from the first sketches to the roll-out of the first aircraft.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:48 pm

My first flight on a jumbo jet, a Qantas 747-238B (P&W) in 1976, LHR - SZB Kuala Lumpur, (via Belgrade and Bahrain). Missed a hot summer here in the UK apparently.

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:54 pm

[quote="jfk777"]A great American which made what was truly the " People's Airplane." If not for the economics of the 747 many people could not have crossed the Atlantic and discovered Europe.

That made me laugh out loud the way you wrote that!

Firstly, it was a flow in the other direction, where Europeans discovered America, 4 or 5 centuries ago!

Secondly, the Pan Am B747 aircraft flew in both directions, thus permitting Europeans to discover America at the same time (or maybe 12 hours later :D )! The world is not America-centric!

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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:03 pm

What was the engineering behind the second deck on the B757? Did the cockpit need to be there and they thought might as well use some of that space before tapering it back down? Or was the second deck idea a design element from the get go as a marketing tool?
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:07 pm

Definitely a sad time. I'm sure he was happy that the 747 remains active today, albeit in a declining and changing role.

For me, I first flew the 747 from JFK to Athens on an Olympic 742 and fell in love with it. As I got older there was something special and intimate about flying in the nose section making you forget there were 300+ people sitting behind you. In my opinion it was then and is now for it's size the most attractive and graceful aircraft to ever take to the sky ( I will say though that the 748I looks a little awkward for my taste, but still a beauty). No aircraft in history has ever been so recognizable and none ever will and calling it iconic simply is not enough. I'm thankful I have had the opportunity to fly it to many points around the globe.

Thank you Joe, you have created a legacy no one has been able to match.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:09 pm

if you can get a copy, read his book . I will be dusting off my copy to give it another go this weekend
called "747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation "
RIP Joe .....
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:10 pm

Very Sad news. Joe Sutter is an icon for sure, as is his incredible 747. His book was a fascinating read on just how arduous it was to design the 747 especially given other projects going on at Boeing at the time. Even though I'm not an engineer myself I can appreciate everything he's done for aviation. RIP.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:16 pm

My first "trip" on a 747, was a ground tour at the newly opened IAH in January 1970. PanAm was showing off their new bird. My first actual trip on the 747, was in April 1972, flying from DAL to ATL on Delta. I was hooked from then on. I have flown on all of the 747 models, except the 748i. Hopefully I will be on one of LH's 748 in January, flying from BLR to FRA.

If you have not done so, take the tour of the Boeing plant in Everett. Seeing the assembly line, and learning the details of how the plane is built is mesmerizing. Truly, Mr. Sutter was a genious. Imagine designing an airpalne with 6,000,000 parts on a slide rule! And the first ever wide body to boot.

RIP!
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:50 pm

Thanks Joe for your wonderful flying machine,the beautiful and iconic 747.You were and are an an amazing engineer. I.m so sad...Thank you very much,rest in peace.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:02 pm

The aviation world lost a great one R.I.P Joe

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R.I.P., I hope Boeing will organize a 747-fly-by during funeral (if the family agrees to do so...)


Great idea
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:24 pm

A great legend of Aerospace Engineering has fallen.

Hopefully the current version - the 747-8I will get a few more orders before Boeing finally "pulls the plug" on Sutter's plane.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:10 pm

As Virgin Flyer said, quoting the Roman poet Catullus, "Vale atque ave," Hail and farewell. This superannuated airplane nerd remembers admiring his creation as a wide-eyed 10-year-old. I was living in Amsterdam at the time, in an apartment along the approach path to Schiphol. I remember the first Pan Am Boeing 747; I was astonished to see something that big flying. Not long after, KLM was doing touch-and-gos to gain familiarity with the new aircraft. I thought to myself, "I am seeing the future, when one Boeing 747 after another will be landing here." Little did I realize that Boeing would still be churning out the Jumbo a decade and a half after "2001: A Space Oddysey." My first flight on a Pan Am 747, in 1971, was even more memorable. We take these things for granted today, but back then, one could truly appreciate this amazing aircraft. Thankfully, "Joe's airplane," N7470, was restored to her former glory before he passed.
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:53 pm

Grabbing a cup of coffee this morning, catching one come in for landing, just thinking wow. What an amazing impact the 747 has had, still to me the best looking plane flying, as others mentioned the billions up billions of dollars of economic impact both here in the US and aboard. Well done Joe!
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:10 pm

bmacleod wrote:
A great legend of Aerospace Engineering has fallen.

Nope, Joe had not fallen, never will. He just went to lie down and Rest In Peace!
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:15 pm

This really hits home for me. Joe was sort of the 'grandfather' figure interviewed every time the 747 was mentioned, and the 747 is the plane that truly ignited my interest and love for commercial aviation - when I was 8 years old. It was a flight from SFO on UA in June of 1992, SFO-IAD-MAD, on N147UA, Friendship One... I remember seeing the thing at the gate in SFO and my 8 year old brain went insane when I realized that ... that huge thing ... was to be my ride to Madrid. The first leg was a completely full flight, and I was ticketed in the middle of the middle - I couldn't have that. I managed to snag a window seat in the very last row of Y, which was only 2 seats wide instead of the standard 3 as the fuselage started to curve inward at that point, and I remember snaking my way along the sidewall in and out of the seat, so I wouldn't have to make my seatmate, a very pleasant businessman in his 30s get up to let me out. While enroute I explored the vast creature of the sky, up the spiral staircase to the second deck and was absolutely enchanted.

My last ride on a 747 classic was in 1997, again on UA, on a 747-100 (don't know the tail) when I was 13, on a leg from ORD-SFO. I had the opportunity to - when the flight attendant went up to the flight deck, I had asked her if I could stay behind and take a peek in. It was sunset, the instrument backlighting was on in the cockpit, which was an ethereal, almost Christmas-like atmosphere, as I looked out of the cockpit windows from the doorway - which she held wide open for me to see... I told myself that I wanted to be a pilot. I wanted to explore the sky at FL390 on the flight deck of a 747.

I couldn't make my dream happen, and I'm stuck in a mundane life now, but it is what it is... Joe, indirectly, brought so much joy to my life that those are among my most cherished memories of my childhood (of which there aren't many to choose from, I've blocked out most of it)...

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I hope he snagged a lie flat first class suite (1A) on his journey home.


I'm certain he did. Do you figure it was on an 8i? Or one of his JT9D powered -100s?
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:17 pm

RIP Joe and thank you for the most iconic airplane ever.

Living far away from any major airports, I remember to see lots of his early 747s with PanAm and TWA at FRA in the early 80s, from the old T1 observation decks.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:42 pm

Reading Joe Sutter's biography was one of the motivations that helped keep me going through the challenges of engineering school. His story made very personal the link between what I was studying at the time and awesome creations like the 747.

He also didn't seem to try to take more than his fair share of credit or diminish the reality of the team effort. Reading his biography didn't leave me with a sense that I had to try to be Joe Sutter, but that any contributions I might make in the future to a large project like the 747 were something to be proud of.
 
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Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:27 pm

Joe Sutter will be remembered as the inventor and father of the 747. One of the most iconic airplanes ever designed. The design is easily recognized all around the world.
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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:24 am

UpNAWAy wrote:
What was the engineering behind the second deck on the B757? Did the cockpit need to be there and they thought might as well use some of that space before tapering it back down? Or was the second deck idea a design element from the get go as a marketing tool?


If I remember correctly, when the 747 was first designed, it was planned that the freighter would be the mainstay of the sales, and the passenger aircraft would be the less popular of the two. With that in mind, it was designed to have the nose door from the outset. This meant that the cockpit had to be moved, hence the decision to move it above the cargo area.
 
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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:59 am

A hero for aviation everywhere, and I think an American icon within the aviation circles.

A well deserved farewell to a guy who helped shrink the planet and link countless cultures and people with his creation. Should name an airport after him, would be entirely appropriate and a nice tribute to him.
 
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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:11 am

My first flight on a 747 was in the early 70's from LAX to ATL on a Delta 747-100. My next one will be on a Delta 747-400 next week. I'm sure my last flight on one will be on another Delta 747 close to when they finally retire them.

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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:08 am

R.I.P Mr. Joe Sutter, Thank you so very much for bringing such an iconic plane to us in my lifetime. It is thanks to you and your team of "the incredibles" that made me choose a career in aviation, all due to my admiration of the 747 and it is a career that has stood me well and I will never regret it all because of the 747. You have made me such a better person just listening to you in your interviews on you tube, there was never a hurdle your team could not overcome, just so that you could bring us the 747. I hope your legacy lives on...just by The Boeing Company continuing to produce such an iconic aircraft.

Great job Joe.....Thank you you very much for bringing us the 747, the aviation world will never be the same without you
 
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Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:35 am

flynlr wrote:
if you can get a copy, read his book . I will be dusting off my copy to give it another go this weekend
called "747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation "
RIP Joe .....
now its time to look for all the flightline pics taken of Flying Tigers/Tower Air /World / and other 747s that took me all over the world while in the Military from the 80s-2013


Just looked and there are a ton of books available on Amazon. It's worth every penny. It is a great book, especially when he talks about sticking his wife at the rotation point for the first flight. You can just feel the pride he had after working on this plane.

I read it on iBooks. Don't see it available digitally so I suspect it got phantom deleted from my iPad.

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