Lucky man

FARNBOROUGH – Well, despite the lyrics to the song I alluded to earlier in the week, I guess the show does eventually have to end, and we’re at the end of a very eventful week here at this biennial event.

At least one colleague has written to me this week with the sentiment: May you continue to be a Lucky Man. It rings true, as the very first rock concert I ever attended was Emerson Lake and Palmer – fall 1977, Ithaca, New York. As you can imagine my hair was longer and shaggier then, and in general, I just had more of it.

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Clouds over the static display area at Farnborough. It’s cool and drizzly today at the show, but it’s no damper on a great week.

Anyway, air shows are amazing. What a celebration of our industry. No better place to connect with customers, suppliers, and the media.

And nowhere else could you find yourself, as we did this week, in an exhibit building doing a briefing for the Japanese media in which English was being translated to French – then French to Japanese, and then Japanese back to English! At times it was so mind-boggling, that even our interpreter got confused and was translating English back to English. You just had to be there.

From here I go to St. Louis, to talk to Boeing executives about the future in today’s competitive and dynamic environment. After spending the week at Farnborough, boy do I have a lot to talk about.

What a lucky man I am.

Comments (5)

Stephen (Everett, Wa. USA):

Sounds just like the translator scene in Woody Allen's "Bananas".

And nowhere else could you find yourself, as we did this week, in an exhibit building doing a briefing for the Japanese media in which English was being translated to French – then French to Japanese, and then Japanese back to English! At times it was so mind-boggling, that even our interpreter got confused and was translating English back to English. You just had to be there.

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

I love airshows too but since their are no more airshows in SoCal anymore (Long Beach, Van Nuys, El Toro MCAS, Norton AFB) going to air shows are hard to do to but I love the reports on air shows, and with the biggest airshows, my favorite aspect is the new planes on display, the cabin mock ups, and the orders that come.

I think this was a good airshow and Boeing got a lot of orders, can't wait 'till the next big air show, thanks.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Rock Concerts:
I was at a house party now - which was brought to an abrupt end by a power outage/failure.
If anything, jetliners can no longer compete with the noise - err, music. And, jetliners have far more reliable electronic systems.

Thomas H. Weight, Ph.D. (Anaheim,CA):

Perhaps the most amazing thing seen at the air show was the accuracy of the CMO projections. You and your team are an inspiration to me.

Thomas J. Prettyman (Everett, Washington):

I have been an avid reader of Randy's Journal over the years enjoying Mr. Baseler's journeys. I have to say that you have done an outstanding job following in his foot steps.

I especially liked your comments ending the Farnborough Air Show and the reference to "Lucky Man" and the Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert. That to, brings back many memories, as I too, use to have hair back then and I loved your link to the song.

I have been with the Boeing Company going on 31 years this August 12th, working in Engineering for all of my career on all models. Seems being a "Lucky Man" is a theme for us that totally love what we do

For me, an added bonus is that my youngest son Thomas, just celebrated his first anniversary with the Company on July 20th as a machinist, and working as a lead on the 787 Dreamliner. He too feels like a "Lucky Man" and I am proud to have him following in my foot steps, working for the best Company in the world.

As they saying goes Randy, "Keep on Truckin" and Thanks for keeping us informed.

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