Easy Rider

By Weston Nielsen

July 2016

I commuted by van during the past four years of my 30-year Boeing career. A shop coordinator on the classified B-2 stealth bomber program, I rode with co-workers to and from the Developmental Center (DC) in Tukwila, Wash.

I preferred to ride rather than drive. The van was economical and the company supported its use by giving commuters a credit card to fill the gas tank. Because we rode together as a group, we could park right in front of the DC building. Nearby parking was difficult to find, even in the late 1980s. Vanpool riders were also allowed to use the van over the weekend as long as they paid for their own gas.

Until I retired in 1990, I coordinated support activities for shops in the B-2 organization. Frequently in a small truck at work, I drove from one location to another providing parts, materials and whatever else was needed. At its peak in 1991, the B-2 was the largest military program at Boeing, employing about 10,000 people.

I commuted by carpool and vanpool to Tukwila, Wash.