09 Over more than half a century of my involvement in aviation—the opportunity to fly as passenger and pilot on so many Boeing aircraft, live in its hometown, get to know so many of its people and leaders, and later write and report on Boeing subjects—the synonymous nature of Boeing with the concept of quality has never been eroded. Happy Birthday, Big B! Your wonderfully engineered products have literally been the wings beneath so much of my life. JOHN J. NANCE Author, ABC-TV aviation analyst and former airline pilot My very best memories of childhood are sitting in the jump seat of the Boeing airplanes that my dad flew—the 727 and the 747—and flying to exotic places. The name “Boeing” still conjures freedom, escape, adventure and romance. In fact, the beautiful print I see across from my desk every day is Mike Machat’s “Gold Cup Roll” of Tex Johnston rolling the Boeing 367 Dash 80 passenger jet over Seattle’s Lake Washington. You could say I’m a Boeing girl. If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going! PATTY WAGSTAFF World and U.S. aerobatic champion and member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame I was very impressed with the B-25. It was a wonderful airplane to fly. It was very maneuverable at low altitudes and faster than most of the bombers at that time. We were in the air for 13 hours, from carrier to bombing mission. It was a long way for a medium bomber to fly. We had to haul gasoline on board. I flew just that one mission in it before I was sent to North Africa, where I flew the Martin B-26 Marauder. Personally, I’ve flown in nearly all of the Boeing commercial jets, starting with the 707. Keep up the good work. DAVID THATCHER Flight engineer and gunner on one of 16 B-25 bombers, made by Boeing heritage company North American Aviation (a B-25 is pictured above), that took off from an aircraft carrier to make the Doolittle Raid on Japan in April 1942; his plane was later featured in the book and movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1920 The Davis Douglas Co. is founded.
Frontiers July 2016 Issue
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