747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation Is The Thrilling Story Behind The Queen Of The Skies The BoeingAs Told By Joe Sutter, One Of The Most Celebrated Engineers Of The Twentieth Century, Who Spearheaded Its Design And ConstructionBorn InIn Seattle, Sutter Grew Up On A Hilltop Overlooking The Boeing Plant And Flying Field It Was A Thrilling Era Of Open Cockpits, Silk Scarves, Leather Helmets, And Goggles After Serving In World War II, Sutter Joined Boeing, Then A Small Company, Eager To Build AirplanesIn July , He Was Asked To Lead The Large Boeing Team Designing The NewPan Am Wanted A New Airliner As Quickly As Possible This All New Transport Had To Be Far Bigger Than Anything In Service Or Even On Anybody S Drawing Board To Make It Fly, Sutter And His Team Would Have To Push Far Beyond The Technological Boundaries Of The Late S Could It Be Done Almost Everything About TheWould Be Unprecedented Its Cabin Would Be So Wide That It Would Need Two Aisles Its Horizontal Tail Would Be Bigger Than The Wings Of Most Airliners Ever Built Jet Engines Big Enough To Lift It Off The Ground Didn T Yet Exist Runways At The World S Airports Couldn T Handle It, And Neither Could Boeing S Factories They Had To Erect The World S Largest Building Just To Produce It A Truly Mammoth Undertaking, TheBecame One Of The Most Successful Airplane Models EverSutter S Vivid Narrative Takes Us Back To A Time When American Technology Was Cutting Edge TheCame On The Market The Same Year That Men First Set Foot On The Moon And Jet Travel Was Still Glamorous And New With Wit And Warmth, He Gives An Insider S Sense Of The Larger Than Life Size Personalities And The Tensions In The Aeronautical World Ultimately,Is An Inspiring Story Of Grit And Glory

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation
  • Joe Sutter
  • English
  • 10 September 2018
  • 9780060882419

10 thoughts on “747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

  1. says:

    What s The Point This book is a wide ranging autobiography written by Joe Sutter, the head of the project that created the 747 aircraft design It covers his early life, growing up in Seattle, and the rise of aviation Sutter was interested in planes since he was a young child his room was covered with dozens of model planes He came to understand the dynamics of flight by watching every airplane he could He studied aeronautical engineering in college, before joining the military for WWII After the war, he joined up with Boeing and never left His career at Boeing is a engaging tale of focus and ambition to work on something meaningful Eventually the 747 project came along and his hard work paid off, allowing him to build the most recognizable aircraft ever.How Was It A very good not to technical read Sutter tells much of his life story and keeps a very positive attitude I learned many interesting ideas around airplane design.Who Should Read It Anyone interested in engineering, managing projects, aircraft, or the history of aviation It provides a detailed look at the 747 project and much of the poltiics of such a large project, but also how many of the engineering challenges were overcome Sutter offers many interesting anecdotes on different airplanes, drawn from a wide range of knowledge, that is easy to learn from.

  2. says:

    747 Creating the World s First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation 2007 Joe Sutter and Jay Spenser describes the 747 program and is also partly an autobiography of Sutter.Sutter was born in 1921 in Seattle and grew up seeing Boeing test planes flying about He got an aeronautical engineering degree, did a stint in the Navy in WWII and then returned and worked for Boeing There he worked on the Stratocruiser, a late propellor driven aircraft and then became involved in the 367 80 or dash 80, which was the prototype for the 707 and subsequently the prototype for modern jet liners Sutter then worked on the 737 and helped come up with the design where the engines are just below the wings to allow the plane to be low.Sutter then got the job as head of the 747 program The 747 was, interesting, not the most high profile work then at Boeing The Supersonic Transport, or SST was the highest profile job and doing work on Apollo program items was the second The 747 was seen as an interim aircraft that would sell for a short time before SSTs took over Despite this, an internal Boeing report said that should the price of fuel rise 5% from 1960 levels the SSTs would be uneconomic to operate The market failure of the Concorde and the Tupolev SST that combined sold less than 40 aircraft compared to over 2000 747 sized aircraft shows just how wrong people s thoughts on the SST were.The 747 was originally going to be a double decker aircraft but instead the wide body twin isle design was chosen because it enabled the plane to be a better cargo plane and also it made the plane easier to evacuate It was, however, not what the lead customer, Pan Am, had requested However they were pleased when shown the 747 and had the issues explained to them.The high bypass turbofans that enabled the 747 to operate caused considerable problems These engines were quieter, fuel efficient and had thrust than previous turbofans but actually building them with the specifications demanded by the 747 led to difficulties for all the engine manufacturers who would eventually deliver engines for the aircraft.The book is really interesting for anyone interested in aircraft history It s well written and contains a lot of fascinating tales and information about the creation of a remarkable aircraft.

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    I started this book before Sutter died I had never heard of him, but I ve always been drawn to the 747 that he and his team designed For me, looking at this plane is like looking at Mt Rainier It never gets old The 747 was second fiddle to the SST and Sutter s engineers were on the second team His account of the intense corporate Boeing, suppliers, customers infighting, the hot dogging personalities, and the need for Sutter to play through all of this make this a good inside story Sutter also does some scorekeeping, with than a few negative observations on variously named individuals I can t imagine the pleasure Sutter and his team must have felt to see this airplane everywhere, for so long The CEOs, corporate boards and the customers made the economic decision to develop this plane, but Sutter s group made it fly The plane is huge of course, but its distinctive feature is its forward hump The plane was designed as a passenger carrier and as a freighter The best way to on and offload freight was straight on, through the nose To do that, Sutter s group had to put the cockpit above and, as Sutter writes simply, For aerodynamic reasons, a fairing was added aft of the flight deck, giving the 747 its famous hump Here it is, a work of symmetrical beauty, unintentional art, created by engineers Of course, it s than that for Sutter who writes at the end of the book that he sees the 747 as a beautiful and inspiring piece of technological sculpture.

  4. says:

    As you can see from the cover, this book is discussed how the Boeing 747, or the Jumbo Jet was made Joe Sutter, the author of this book, was an engineer who worked at Boeing and he also contributed to the designing of the 747 He and his team had struggles while making this plane For example, he had to make the plane as light as possible and he needed a plane with big floor area Joe Sutter fixes all the problems one by one and in the end, the plane was commercialized.What I enjoyed the most was reading the autobiography of Joe Sutter when he was young He lived in Seattle, and he often visited the Boeing factory and watched the place fly into the sky I admire him when I read the passage on this because that is my dream i want to live in Seattle and go to the factory If you are a Boeing fan, you should definitely read it.

  5. says:

    747 clearly describes the challenges and triumph being a leading aerodynamic designer in the 747 engineering team at Boeing Joe Sutter s autobiography and biography on the 747 and aviation from the 30s to today As a child, Joe Sutter lived near the old Boeing factory in the thirties and saw Clippers, B 17s, Stratoliners, Model 299, and served in the Navy during WWII He later went to McDonoald Douglas and back to Boeing to work on Stratocruisers and the 707, the granddaddy of all modern jetliner He then worked on the 727, 737, and the 747 As magnificent and soaring as the big bird itself.

  6. says:

    This is an interesting look at the creation of the 747 written by the director of engineering on the project It combines both discussion of the process and aviation at the time with some of the corporate politics.It is funny to hear about PanAm as the big player who called the shots Also, tucked at the end is a chapter on how Sutter served on the presidential commission investigating the Challenger disaster, which is interesting.The writing is a bit stilted, but it actually rings as if an 80 year old engineer wrote it, so I thought it was fairly easy to get past as it was at least an authentic voice.

  7. says:

    Signed copy from Joe I am intimately involved with the 747 today and am proud to be a part of ongoing history with our airline customers.

  8. says:

    I greatly enjoyed learning about Boeing s history as well as hearing of many of the challenges and decisions that needed to be made while the 747 was in development From a purely technical perspective, this book exceeded my expectations That said, throughout the book, Sutter takes personal digs at many of his named former co workers Is that really necessary Come on, it s been nearly 40 years This left a bad taste in my mouth about with author One additional point Sutter is effusive through the book about Boeing s unwavering commitment to safety I can t help but think about how far they ve fallen from that ideal given the safety record and subsequent grounding of the 737MAX fleet a few weeks ago.

  9. says:

    Joe Sutter, a lifelong Seattleite born in 1921, a son of a Slovenian immigrant butcher who Americanized his family name, was fascinated by aviation since childhood After graduating from the University of Washington and serving in the US Navy during World War II, Sutter joined Boeing and worked up through the ranks, and in 1965 came to head the development of the Boeing 747 wide body airliner The 747 is Boeing s flagship product, and one of the best known commercial airplanes in the world, but it was not meant to be such originally when it was being designed, the consensus was that the future of commercial passenger aviation was supersonic The supersonic transport Boeing 2707, which was supposed to be much bigger and faster than the Anglo French Concorde and the Soviet Tu 144, was what the company s best engineers were working on, and by the end of 1969 26 airlines had made orders for 122 Boeing SSTs However, there is no reason for cargo transport to be supersonic, so a very large subsonic jet could haul cargo it could also carry passengers for a few years until the SSTs come out The estimate was that no than 400 would be sold in fact, as of this writing 1,503 747s have been delivered and 37 orders remain unfilled Boeing s customers clad for an aircraft with a large number of passenger seats a double decker like the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser seemed a logical configuration at first, but how would you evacuate the passengers from the upper deck quickly, and how would you load cargo So it had to be a single decker, but a very wide one A very large cargo aircraft has to have a hinged nose opening up for outsized cargo that cannot fit through a cargo door why can t it open sideways, like the Aero Spacelines Super Guppy , so the flight deck had to be above the main deck For aerodynamic reasons, space needs to be added to the fuselage behind the flight deck thus the 747 s famous hump Most of the book is the nitty gritty of designing an enormous airliner the landing gear the airliner has to land even if it crashes into a concrete seawall and is torn off , the wings if problems are discovered at the last minute, how to avoid redesigning them completely , the lighting system some of it had to be torn off at the last moment to save weight until powerful engines were produced, at which moment it could be put back in , quadruply redundant hydraulics, and so on I saw Boeing s new jet as 75,000 drawings, 4.5 million parts, 136 miles of electrical wiring, 5 landing gear legs, 4 hydraulic systems, and 10 million labor hours Someone who is a software engineer and not an aerospace engineer could still appreciate the grandeur.In 1971 the SST was canceled Boeing saw massive layoffs and neared bankruptcy a billboard in Sea Tac said, Will the last person leaving Seattle Turn out the lights The 747 brought the company and its airline customers back to profitability and expansion The bizarrest episode of Sutter s career came in the early 1970s, when a member of a Soviet delegation tried to bribe him into selling the technical documentation for the 747 Sutter said, No Sutter also served on the commission investigating the Challenger disaster, and recommended that NASA s safety culture be like Boeing s Even after retiring at age 65 Sutter continued to consult Boeing about the 747 400 and the 747 8, airliners that launched roughly 20 an 40 years after the original 747, but are only tens of percent efficient, which shows that Sutter and his engineers were already pushing against the limits imposed by the laws of nature What a career Charles Lindbergh makes two cameo appearances in this book, as he was friends with Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American Airways, which was the first customer of the 747 Lindbergh saw the prototype 747 and said, This is one of the great ones.

  10. says:

    What could be fun than designing airplanes As an added bonus, the planes Joe Sutter built were not intended to kill people Sutter oversaw the design of the 747 in the 1960s He can t be said to be the sole designer, as there were than a thousand engineers involved A now defunct airline, Pan Am, had pressed Boeing to come up with an airliner that could carry 400 passengers As Pan Am was an important customer, Boeing took this request seriously Sutter took the position overseeing the design of the new airliner in August 1965 One immediate problem was to decide if the passengers were to be carried on one deck or floor, or two Pan Am and most of the Boeing people assumed it would be on two decks Making a decision on this matter early on was important because the layout of the fuselage would determine much else about the plane Sutter s team decided on a basically one floor layout and were able to convince Pan Am The reasons for this decision included making it easier for the 747 to be used in its alternative role as a cargo carrier, being able to get the passengers out quickly and with less of a drop to the ground in an emergency, and because the upper deck would have had a claustrophic feeling for the passengers The 747 project did not come at an opportune time, as Boeing was overstretched Most of the best engineers were off working on the project for a supersonic airliner, then expected to be the future of civil aviation the 747 was expected to be a interim measure Boeing was also finishing up work on smaller airliners such as the 737, which had some unexpected design troubles, was an important NASA contractor for the Apollo missions, and had just lost a competition to build a huge cargo carrier for the Air Force Boeing s numerous projects, which were not yet bringing in revenue, resulted in a financial crisis for the company, and thus Washington state, in the late 1960s and early 1970s The killing of funding for the supersonic airliner by Congress in 1971 did not help The book explains in layman s terms the technical issues involved in building an airplane The design challenges were increased by the fact that the engines the 747 did not actually exist when the design work began Pratt and Whitney were designing these concurrently with the design of the air frame by Boeing

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