91 actor Tom Hanks were among those who attended a special event for HBO’s Band of Brothers miniseries, held in Boeing’s flight-test hangar in Seattle. They were cognizant of their surroundings. Both Hollywood VIPs rushed outside to catch a glimpse once they heard engines start up for the iconic Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner, offering its distinctive and historical sound, Knowlen said. Actor Ford was saluted at a luncheon in his honor in Seattle, for his help in producing a film for the Museum of Flight. Boeing presented him with a leather jacket, which seemed apropos for the man who made the Indiana Jones film series a lasting part of pop culture. A private pilot, Ford was in his element amid people who build airplanes for a living. “I found him asking more questions pertaining to aviation milestones than anyone would ask him about his life and film career,” Knowlen said. “I’ve found actors no different than anyone I work with—they have a fascination for aviation and a certain awe with Boeing.” • 2010 747-8 Freighter The Boeing 747-8 Freighter achieves a maximum takeoff weight of more than 1 million pounds (450 metric tons)— the first Boeing airplane to do so. Boeing acquires Argon ST, advancing the company’s capabilities in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) markets.
Frontiers July 2016 Issue
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