747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other

747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other is the thrilling story behind the Queen of the Skies the Boeingas told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the twentieth century, who spearheaded its design and constructionBorn inin Seattle, Sutter grew up on a hilltop overlooking the Boeing plant and flying field It was a thrilling era of open cockpits, silk scarves, leather helmets, and goggles After serving in World War II, Sutter joined Boeing, then a small company, eager to build airplanesIn July , he was asked to lead the large Boeing team designing the newPan Am wanted a new airliner as quickly as possible This all new transport had to be far bigger than anything in service or even on anybody s drawing board To make it fly, Sutter and his team would have to push far beyond the technological boundaries of the late s Could it be done Almost everything about thewould be unprecedented Its cabin would be so wide that it would need two aisles Its horizontal tail would be bigger than the wings of most airliners ever built Jet engines big enough to lift it off the ground didn t yet exist Runways at the world s airports couldn t handle it, and neither could Boeing s factories They had to erect the world s largest building just to produce it A truly mammoth undertaking, thebecame one of the most successful airplane models everSutter s vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting edge thecame on the market the same year that men first set foot on the moon and jet travel was still glamorous and new With wit and warmth, he gives an insider s sense of the larger than life size personalities and the tensions in the aeronautical world Ultimately,is an inspiring story of grit and glory


10 thoughts on “747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

  1. Matt Matt says:

    What s The Point This book is a wide ranging autobiography written by Joe Sutter, the head of the project that created the 747 aircraft design It covers his early life, growing up in Seattle, and the rise of aviation Sutter was interested in planes since he was a young child his room was covered with dozens of model planes He came to understand the dynamics of flight by watching every air


  2. Pete Pete says:

    747 Creating the World s First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation 2007 Joe Sutter and Jay Spenser describes the 747 program and is also partly an autobiography of Sutter.Sutter was born in 1921 in Seattle and grew up seeing Boeing test planes flying about He got an aeronautical engineering degree, did a stint in the Navy in WWII and then returned and worked for Boeing There he worked on the Stratocruiser, a late propellor driven aircraft and then became involved in the 3 747 Creating the World s First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation 2007 Joe Sutter and Jay Spenser describes the 747 program and is also partly an autobiography of Sutter.Sutter was born in 1921 in Seattle and grew up seeing Boeing test planes flying about He got an aeronautical engineering degree, did a stint in the Navy in WWII and then returned and worked for Boeing There he worked on the Stratocruiser, a late propellor driven aircraft and then became involved in the 367 80 or dash 80, which was the prototype for the 707 and subsequently the prototype for modern jet liners Sutter then worked on the 737 and helped come up with the design where the engines are just below the wings to allow the plane to be low.Sutter then got the job as head of the 747 program The 747 was, interesting, not the most high profile work then at Boeing The Supersonic Transport, or SST was the highest profile job and doing work on Apollo program items was the second The 747 was seen as an interim aircraft that would sell for a short time before SSTs took over Despite this, an internal Boeing report said that should the price of fuel rise 5% from 1960 levels the SSTs would be uneconomic to operate The market failure of the Concorde and the Tupolev SST that combined sold less than 40 aircraft compared to over 2000 747 sized aircraft shows just how wrong people s thoughts on the SST were.The 747 was originally going to be a double decker aircraft but instead the wide body twin isle design was chosen because it enabled the plane to be a better cargo plane and also it made the plane easier to evacuate It was, however, not what the lead customer, Pan Am, had requested However they were pleased when shown the 747 and had the issues explained to them.The high bypass turbofans that enabled the 747 to operate caused considerable problems These engines were quieter,fuel efficient and hadthrust than previous turbofans but actually building them with the specifications demanded by the 747 led to difficulties for all the engine manufacturers who would eventually deliver engines for the aircraft.The book is really interesting for anyone interested in aircraft history It s well written and contains a lot of fascinating tales and information about the creation of a remarkable aircraft


  3. Diego Diego says:

    Signed copy from Joe I am intimately involved with the 747 today and proud to be a part of ongoing history with our airline customers.


  4. Bob Nichols Bob Nichols says:

    I started this book before Sutter died I had never heard of him, but I ve always been drawn to the 747 that he and his team designed For me, looking at this plane is like looking at Mt Rainier It never gets old The 747 was second fiddle to the SST and Sutter s engineers were on the second team His account of the intense corporate Boeing, suppliers, customers infighting, the hot dogging personalities, and the nee


  5. Keishi Keishi says:

    As you can see from the cover, this book is discussed how the Boeing 747, or the Jumbo Jet was made Joe Sutter, the author of this book, was an engineer who worked at Boeing and he also contributed to the designing of the 747 He and his team had struggles while making this plane For example, he had to make the plane as light as possible and he needed a plane with big floor area Joe Sutter fixes all the problems one by o


  6. Erik Erik says:

    I greatly enjoyed learningabout Boeing s history as well as hearing of many of the challenges and decisions that needed to be made while the 747 was in development From a purely technical perspective, this book exceeded my expectations That said, throughout the book, Sutter takes personal digs at many of his named former co workers Is that really necessary Come on, it s been nearly 40 years This left a bad taste in my mouth abo


  7. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    747 clearly describes the challenges and triumph being a leading aerodynamic designer in the 747 engineering team at Boeing Joe Sutter s autobiography and biography on the 747 and aviation from the 30s to today As a child, Joe Sutter lived near the old Boeing factory in the thirties and saw Clippers, B 17s, Stratoliners, Model 299, and served in the Navy during WWII He later went to McDonoald Douglas and back to Boeing to work on Stratocruisers and the 707, the granddaddy of all modern jetl 747 clearly describes the challenges and triumph being a leading aerodynamic designer in the 747 engineering team at Boeing Joe Sutter s autobiography and biography on the 747 and aviation from the 30s to today As a child, Joe Sutter lived near the old Boeing factory in the thirties and saw Clippers, B 17s, Stratoliners, Model 299, and served in the Navy during WWII He later went to McDonoald Douglas and back to Boeing to work on Stratocruisers and the 707, the granddaddy of all modern jetliner He then worked on the 727, 737, and the 747 As magnificent and soaring as the big bird itself


  8. Kristen Kristen says:

    This is an interesting look at the creation of the 747 written by the director of engineering on the project It combines both discussion of the process and aviation at the time with some of the corporate politics.It is funny to hear about PanAm as the big player who called the shots Also, tucked at the end is a chapter on how Sutter served on the presidential commission investigating the Challenger disaster, which is interesting.The writing is


  9. Boone Boone says:

    Extremely interesting in as far as getting to know some of the inner workings behind the development of such an iconic piece of engineering Most non aviation people couldn t identify what type of plane they re flying on, confusing a 737 with an A320 with a 727 But they certainly will always know a 747 Especially poignant to read with the recent events and the groundings of huge swaths of airlines fleets of planes, knowing that British Airways and KLM


  10. Mike Mike says:

    A must read for any aviation enthusiast or Boeing fan An insiders perspective on the engineering marvel that changed the landscape of air travel.While partly an autobiography of Joe Sutter, who led the engineering team The Incredibles , there is a significant amount of discussion on the challenges faced when designing this beautiful aircraft.The simple things we as passengers take for granted are highlighted as big wins as the designers determined everything


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