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.
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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.
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!
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!
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.)
Yes, because it does a good job of providing a historical insight into a period of great transition in the airline industry.
Went through the entire book without mentioning the TWA 800 incident. Was hoping to get his expert opinion on the main hypothesis, but no mention at all. Would have been interesting to hear his take on 747 accidents in general, but he only really discusses one.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
I bought this book thinking it might be interesting, since I generally like stories about aerospace. It turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought. It really is kind of a dual biography of Joe Sutter, the engineer who led the design team, and of the 747 itself.
Sutter, who just recently passed away, led a long and fascinating life. He clearly was a brilliant engineer, but also comes across as a truly fine person. He was involved in the design of many planes, not just the 747. His attention to redundant systems and safety is comforting. The story of his life, which provides a glimpse into the exciting world of aviation from the 1940s to the 1970s, is at least as interesting as the story of the 747.
The stories of office politics at Boeing are not surprising. In many ways, the fact that he was picked to design the 747 was luck: All of the potential rivals were working on the more glamorous SST program (or still tied up with the 737). The SST was ultimately canceled, so the success of the 747 quite literally became a matter of success or failure for Boeing. Obviously, it was a huge success.
I'm not going to write much more because it might spoil parts of the book. It really was a very enjoyable book, and I would suggest you give it a try.
Now, after all these years, maybe I will get a chance to fly on one. I never have. Living in Atlanta, we are tied to Delta, and Delta has never flown many 747s.
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.
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