March 2016 Archives

Memory lane

Just call it Boeing’s version of “Antiques Roadshow.” Boeing employees, retirees and the public are sharing their artifacts and memorabilia as part of our Centennial celebration.

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The items are being considered to go on display inside the Boeing Room at Seattle’s Museum of Flight this summer.

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A steel stamp and Boeing totem logo pin.

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Engineering manager Alan Rice began collecting service and Boeing logo pins in the 1980s.

Earlier this month, we hosted an open house where people brought in everything from a military hydrofoil model, to a stuffed platypus that flew on every flight of the third 787 during its flight testing and Dream Tour around the world. See the video here.

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An original 777 sales campaign model in United livery. It includes three different engines.

Just as important—it seems almost every item had a personal story to go with it.

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Former Boeing employee Susan Gregerson holds a photo of a 747 interior lounge mockup called the Tiger Room. She was one of the models in the photo.

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Mike Leach, a flight test engineer, brought in a stuffed platypus that flew on every flight of the 787 Dreamliner ZA003.

We appreciate everyone who participated in the first open house. We’ll be holding a second open house on April 3 at the Museum of Flight. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up online to reserve a time.

So fly

The first production 737 MAX has entered the building. In other words, the first MAX we’ll deliver to launch customer Southwest Airlines is now in final assembly inside our Renton factory— fresh on the heels of our flight test airplanes moving down the line.

It’s great to see the Southwest livery on the new winglets— or as our friends at Southwest called the winglets— “so fly.” All photos by Paul Gordon.

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Super Hero paint job

Here’s something every movie and comic book fan can truly appreciate. Our friends at Turkish Airlines have painted a 777-300ER in a special livery to promote the upcoming Warner Bros. film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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We’re told that in the movie, a pivotal scene unfolds on board a Turkish Airlines 777. You can read more about the special promotion here, and enjoy the video below.

Mail bag

As promised, we’re using our latest podcast to field questions from our blog readers. We’ve received a lot great topics for this edition— everything from the so-called Middle of the Market airplane to the A350-1100/8000.

To listen, click below. And be sure to send your questions to askrandy@boeing.com

 

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