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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

Huntington Beach site has storied history, but employees are focused on the future By Diane Stratman and photos by Bob Ferguson Huntington Beach, Calif., is a place where a mild and mellow beach culture perseveres, where pretentiousness takes a back seat to cool and casual. But it’s also the place where Boeing has designed and built world-changing aerospace products and services for more than 50 years. The site continues to make its mark today, developing a broad range of advanced technologies. On many early mornings at Southern California’s Huntington Beach, whether the skies are clear and bright or gray and foggy, Boeing engineer Eric Brown and hundreds of other surfers line up like sentries on the sand to scope the ocean waves along the south side of its famous pier. Known as Surf City USA, the city draws novice, seasoned and champion surfers to practice, compete or just catch a wave. Brown is among the seasoned, having surfed since he moved to Southern California 29 years ago to work at Boeing. “There’s nothing like it … hitting the waves before most people are awake,” Brown said. “It’s a great way to get energized for the day.” Just a few miles inland, feats of another sort have earned honor and PHOTOS: (Left) Waves break near the famous Huntington Beach pier. (Above and right) Lance Fluger, left, software engineer, and Kevin Jenkins, mechanical systems engineer, discuss ways to improve their designs using gesture-based 3D model interaction tools in the Boeing Huntington Beach Innovation Cell. BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013 33


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