Stocking stuffers

As we enter the Boeing year-end break, I won’t be posting again to the blog until after the holidays. We’ll have a lot to talk about then, including how we did in commercial airplanes sales and deliveries in 2007. It’s been a blockbuster year in a number of ways – at 1,213 net orders so far, it’s just astounding.

Of course the year has not been without challenges. And particularly with respect to the 787 Dreamliner, we’re working through those challenges, making steady improvement, and looking ahead to major milestones such as power on and first flight of the first Dreamliner.

This has been a year of change and transition for me personally, and I’ve really appreciated the support I’ve received from all of you who visit the blog regularly. I read and welcome all of your comments.


“I think people should buy my plane because it has good lift and good speed. It has good looks. It is not very cheap but it is worth the money.” Drawing and caption by: Kaylee.

So, I wanted to share something with you. Call it my year-end gift.

Back in the mid-1990s, when I was a Boeing salesperson I was presented with a handmade book called “Airplanes for Sale.”

As anyone who’s visited my office knows, I keep this book in a place of honor across from my desk.

It was presented to me by teacher Sue V’s first grade class at Clark Elementary school in Issaquah, Washington. It features some whimsical flying machines from the minds of those first graders.


“I think people should buy my airplane because it looks good. It costs $83. My airplane can fly across the world with one tank of gas.” Drawing and caption by: Chrissy.

I just thought I’d let you see a couple of the drawings and thoughts of our future airplane salespeople and designers.

Before I dash away, I also want to link you to an interview about some of the massive aviation challenges faced by a favored cargo carrier during the holidays.

And on a related note, check out this very important government site - available in six languages. If you’re into tracking aircraft on historic flights, this is definitely a place you’ll want to visit.

Finally, speaking of historic flights, did you realize it was on a cold and rainy Friday in Seattle 50 years ago this week that the 707 conducted its first flight? It was just a short 7-minute journey, but it changed commercial aviation forever.


The 707 flies over Puget Sound on its second flight, the same day after stormy weather cut short the first flight. The weather cleared and allowed the crew to fly for this 71-minute voyage around Seattle.

Here’s to the next 50 years of the jet age!

And with that, I want to wish everyone the best for the coming year. May it be a happy, healthy, and successful 2008.

Comments (7)

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

It's been a remarkable year with so many sales made
and many to be had.

When I was in elementary school back in Rancho Cucamonga at Coyote Canyon (old Campus) I drew a lot
of commercial and business jets in my spare time and sometimes in class, In my free time or even in recess at times I would get a piece of construction paper and draw a lot of planes I mean a LOT of planes, I probably drew two or three thousand planes in total, in fact during back to school night and open house my teachers and my parents frequently discussed my hobby and interest, My biggest accomplishment was when I drew an anti drug picture poster depicting an air war with lots of planes, I won the district contest and I think that was the first time I thing I won anything.

When my family moved to Long Beach in 1992 "when grunge was big and I wore grunge pants, and pogs was all the rage" I started to go to middle school at John Marshall Middle School, none the less I continued on drawing planes on construction paper.

On the summer school session after I graduated from Marshall I took an art class and I put my skill to good use even at the behest of one of my class mates, at that time I drew super large airlines at the inspiration of an episode that featured Luigi Colani's concept airliner in Beyond 2,000 on the Discovery Channel.

When I transferred to Millikan High School from 1994
to 1998 I took four years of art class, with the big songs of the day like Chumbawamba's I get knocked down, raging on the radio I continued on drawing planes but from high school on up my planes where becoming more realistic and less whimsical as I have gotten older, now I draw planes on the computer.

Ever since I followed the development of the Boeing 777 in the early nineties I have followed the A380,
737NG, and the 787. In the future I hope to follow
the 737 replacing Yellowstone 1 and the 777-300 and
747 replacing Yellowstone 3, the future looks bright.

To all the readers and the administrators I like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

I look forward to the next entry in the new year.

Steve Beach (Long Island, New York):

Here's to ya's been a GREAT Year !!

Mark (Los Angeles, CA):

Merry Christmas! Here's to an exciting 2008 and beyond.

Wes Creed (Arab, Alabama, USA):

Good 707 stuff, altho I wished you had mentioned the barrel roll and said something about the 720 being the only plane that would use its jets to back up and of course the magnificent -320's
My first word was airplane and I have flown only one non-boeing in my career. A-300 horrible flt, no air vents!"if it ain't Boeing, I ain't going!!!

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

That's the spirit!
About cargo carriage across 185,000km in 24 hours - amazing, beat that:)

Oh, it's great that NORAD has made public it's top secret findings - not only in the USA, but globally - so we can all believe in him - hahaha:) Great links, nice one.

Denis S (Northern Virginia):

The picture of the 707's second flight shows the plane in a white and blue paint scheme. I thought the first prototype was a yellow-brown scheme. On second thought, perhaps the yellow-brown was the -360 prototype and the actual 707 was the white-blue scheme.

Charlie Gouge (Issaquah, WA):

First time visitor and now bookmarked! What a fabulous insight to our regions biggest engine! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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