Walking into the Renton, Wash., factory in 1979 just barely 19 years old I was amazed at the size of the building, let alone the incredible airplanes being built. It was like floating in a cloud lost! No, literally lost trying to find where to report ... laughing ... (and it took me over an hour to find where I parked my car at the end of shift).
My grandparents both taught pilots how to fly, so my aircraft knowledge went way back to my earlier years and here I was.
I got to work on the 727 till the program ended and then spent eight years on the 707 AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System). Among challenging and rewarding assignments and travels to Everett's 747, 767, 777, Interiors Responsibility Center and Electrical Systems Responsibility Center, somewhere in there I got to go Japan for two weeks of Lean+ training.
Thirty-six years later, I'm still here, back in Renton, and can't wait to see the MAX roll down this beautiful aircraft facility.