747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge 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.
©2006 Joe Sutter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I found this book fascinating but, of course, I love airplanes. I enjoyed reading about all the details about designing and building the 747. I remember when I first saw the Constellation I thought it was one of the most beautiful planes I had seen. When I saw the 747 I knew this one was absolutely the most beautiful. Joe Sutter tells about his youth growing up near Boeing Field and his desire as a child to design planes. He also tells about his summer jobs at Boeing when he was at University of Washington then going into the U.S. Navy in WWII. The majority of the book is about the 747. I found it interesting that Juan Trippe played such a key role in the design of the plane. I had read a few years about the battles between Howard Hughes (TWA) and Juan Trippe (Pan Am) for control of commercial aviation. I wondered why Hughes did not take an active role with the design of the 747 but maybe he was too busy with Hughes Aviation. I noted Sutter frequently credited his wife’s support in helping him succeed at his job. Paul Boehmer did a good job narrating the book. If you are interested in aviation and history you will enjoy this book.
I am a pilot, and fascinated by books on aviation. This book held my attention throughout. It is written so that even someone that isn't a pilot can understand the difficulties of designing a complex aircraft like a 747, which is still one of the most successful and popular airliners in the world, and will be for some time to come. Excellent book, by the very person that designed the 747.
What a great story about one of my favorite airplanes. Lots of good technical detail without being overly complicated.
In an era where Boeing is having trouble selling the 747-8, I consider myself lucky to have had a chance to fly on one.
One of the best airline books I have ever read, well heard! The details, the information, the history! Truly an awesome book and goes with an awesome aircraft!
Even if you've never flown in your life, and couldn't tell a turbine from a turbo prop, I guarantee you can recognize the 747. The first Jumbo Jet is more than a machine. It brought the far flung corners of the world within reach, made air travel affordable to the masses, and weaved its way into the fabric of modern civilization. This book tells the fascinating story of the 747 program, from doodles on a napkin all the way into the 21st century. You'll learn how it came together in the shadow of the SST, and how it nearly bankrupted the company multiple times. You'll get first hand accounts of the fierce battles that were fought between money and science, salesmen and engineers. You'll be amazed by the genius and willpower of the author as he saves the program from collapsing again and again. If I have one complaint, it's the last few chapters lose focus, meandering into and out of topics. Anyone with even a casual interest in aviation will enjoy this, but it will be an unforgettable experience for passionate fans.
A topic that is endlessly fascinating! How a brand new plane, never conceived of before gets designed, developed, and readied for production! I have had the pleasure of flying on a 747, and it was every bit as remarkable as I had been led to believe! My preferred aircraft, in all fields whenever I travel by air, are always Boeings! And Joe Sutter explains why in this book! Well done, and well read!
Yes, this book tells a lot about what was going on in the United States in the late '60s. Everyone should learn about history and how it affects the things that go on these days.
Learning about the childhood experiences of Joe Sutter, and how they set his career in motion.
The encounter with the freight train. If his timing had been worse, there would have been no 747 as we know it. That scene demonstrates how random outcomes can be.
No, this is too long a story to listen to all at once. The chapters are written so that multiple reading sessions are no prblem.
Great book, great airplane, great guy (and his team too.)
Clearly the narrator was not the author. All of the place names around Seattle were mispronounced. I realize it's a book by an engineer but the narrator made it sound like it was spoken by one too.
Still for aviation nuts, it's well worth the time and money to listen.
I appreciate these types of perspective stories a lot. I think they add some much needed perspective on history lacking in general these days.
Couldn't turn it off. Wonderfully engaging story of a boy's dream and the people that helped him live that dream. Joe Sutter and his Boeing team truly defined the jet age and changed the world forever.
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