My enthusiasm for Boeing and aviation began in 2001, when the company was developing the Sonic Cruiser. I followed every Boeing new aircraft under development since 2002, from the 777-300ER/-200LR to the 747-8 Intercontinental and Freighter.
But the best new aircraft I've followed from development to rollout, first flight, flight testing and first delivery was the revolutionary 787 Dreamliner, beginning with the 787-8. To me, the 787 is a huge success for the company, as it changed aviation and the way we fly.
I went to Everett, Wash., for the world's first deliveries of the 787-8 to ANA (All Nippon Airways) in 2011 and the 787-9 to Air New Zealand in 2014. I have long dreamed to fly on a 787 one day. I have many friends who work for Boeing in Long Beach, Calif., Seattle and Everett. I'm also a volunteer at Long Beach Airport, where the C-17 is built. I love seeing the C-17s on test flights and deliveries when I spot at Long Beach Airport.
Boeing continues to change the world with revolutionary, game-changing aircraft for passengers like me and, most important, to bring people together. I look forward to the next 100 years of the greatest company in the world.