Big Ol' Jet Airliner

The secret is finally out. To celebrate the accomplishments of the 747 program, more than 7000 employees were treated to a surprise concert by the Steve Miller Band today at the Everett factory. And even though the concert was delayed a few weeks from its original date, the music still sounded just as sweet.

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Steve Miller Band takes the stage at the Everett factory.

For all of you who correctly guessed the mystery musical guest when I first posted some hints back in September—congratulations. But with a song like “Jet Airliner,” could we really book anyone other than the Steve Miller Band?

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Prior to taking the stage, the band signed autographs as employees tried on some special t-shirts designed just for the event. The t-shirts, featuring the words “Big New Jet Airliner” on the front and a list of 747-8 customers on the back, were a huge hit.

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The band opened up with “Jet Airliner” before launching into more of their hits. It was truly a fitting way to honor the entire 747 team with a well deserved party.

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747 VP & GM Elizabeth Lund wearing one of the custom designed t-shirts.

Comments (7)

Russel Ahmed (Dhaka, Bangladesh):

WHAT A MOMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BOEING IS THE DIVINE PONYTAIL in THIS PLANET..........STEVE MILLER BAND SIMPLY MADE THE OCCASION MORE PRAISEWORTHY. DELIVERING CUSTOM DESIGN T-SHIRT ANOTHER BEAUTY.....
HEARTBEAT CREATED LISTENING TO SWEET TUNE OF GEnx-2B ENGINE OF 747-8. THE INNOVATION GIVES ITS SUPREMACY THROUGH BEAUTIFUL WING FLEX...""""JET AIRLINER""""" ROCK ON THE SKY...........BOEING FOREVER THE FRONTIER......THE ARISTOCRACY......THE PERFECTIONIST......THE CHOREOGRAPHER OF AIRPLANE INTO THE DEEP BLUE SKY....THE MOMENTUM OF EXCELLENCE......

Patrick Moore (Everett WA):

Let's do it AGAIN !!!! ...AWESOME concert..And I got paid to boot...lol Pat

Daniel K (Sydney, Australia):

Love the 747-8 Randy.

Great to see the Boeing employees celebrating what is the beginning of an awesome plane, the 747-8.

Even though the majority of orders have been for the Freighter model I truly hope many airlines decide to order the 747-8i in the coming months and years.

Richard M (New South Wales):

Congratulations Mike Parker, me, Kenny G., Gins, Marty Tuttle, Joel Dodds, Nicole A, LM for correctly guessing who came to Everett !

Ronnie L (Auburn, WA):

While I think its awesome that we produce such great aircraft; it seems that all the celebrations happen in either Everett or Renton. I work in Auburn and we work on all the programs producing thousands of parts that are installed on these aircraft. But we are never treated to any of the celebrations to commorate any of these great acheivements. It would be great if we too could enjoy the sounds of Steve Miller and receive commerative memorabilia.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Nothing like rocking out to great music. You will definitely see the 747-8 and the Steve Miller Band but not hear the 747-8 while rocking to Steve Miller. Sounds like a great show.

Pranida:

Chris makes an excellent point. Boeing needs to szrndaadite the production and whatever they do to LN 1 they have to do to LN 2 through LN 6 and beyond.Now the good news for Boeing is that each subsequent 787 arriving into Everett should be more complete than the one before it. Thus starting with LN 8 every 787should arrive into Everett with absolutely no traveled work and thus taking advantage of the production system Boeing has laid out for the Dreamliner from the start.

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