A picture perfect "thank you"

The certification of the 787 and the 747-8 Freighter involved the hard work of thousands of Boeing employees. But two of those employees know better than anyone how those airplanes handle in the sky.

It’s not often that you see 787 Chief Pilot Mike Carriker and 747 Chief Pilot Mark Feuerstein together. That’s because they’ve been incredibly busy with flight testing as we head toward first delivery of the Freighter on September 19 and the Dreamliner on September 26. But the two found time to meet up and pay a visit to some friends who they’d spoken with countless times—but had never met face to face.

Carriker and Feuerstein recently traveled to Auburn, Washington to thank the air traffic controllers who play a huge role in Boeing flight testing here in the Pacific Northwest. On a normal day, the FAA’s Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) hums with activity. So you can imagine how busy it gets when Boeing is involved in multiple flight tests.

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Mike Carriker and Mark Feuerstein present a signed, framed photograph to air traffic controllers at the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center.

To say thanks, Carriker and Feuerstein gave the group a framed picture that’s become one of my favorite scenes ever at Boeing—the image of the first 787 and the first 747-8 Intercontinental flying in formation. The picture, which will be on public display at the Auburn office, was signed by all the Boeing Test & Evaluation pilots who flew the 747 and 787 test airplanes. Without the assistance of these air traffic controllers, this photo would never have been possible. So thank you for your role in shaping Boeing’s history and future. (You can download some images from that day here.)

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Flying in formation over Washington state.

Comments (2)

Howard (Taneytown, MD):

I really enjoy looking at that picture each morning when I fire up the old PC!!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

Nice shot of the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 787, great for a wallpaper backdrop.

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