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747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation | [Joe Sutter]

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

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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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.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-18-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "What a beautiful plane"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 09-24-13
    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 09-24-13
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    "If you are into Aviation, this is a must read."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fabian 02-10-15
    Fabian 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Queen of the Sky's! With book to match!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt H. 09-18-14
    Matt H. 09-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting story about an interesting time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning about the childhood experiences of Joe Sutter, and how they set his career in motion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great airplane, great guy (and his team too.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marsarnia 07-04-15
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    "Remarkable!"

    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!

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    Unapologetic Colorado 06-15-15
    Unapologetic Colorado 06-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspiring summary of an incredible bird of flight..."

    I would recommend this book for anyone interested in aviation and or history. I really enjoyed the fact that the book is derived from the original source himself. Not only does the book cover the 747 program but it also sheds light on the political and cultural atmosphere influencing the air travel segment of the day. Book starts off slow, but stick with it as it gets better after first few chapters. God bless Joe Sutter and his team of engineers for representing the American ingenuity in such an incredible way as the 747.

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    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 05-01-15
    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2014

    I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and

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    "A good book for an aviation buff"

    I remember, as a kid in high school and entranced by airplanes, standing on the end of the runway at Ontario airport in southern California and seeing my first 747 land, man was that a big plain. If you have an interest in airplanes and aviation then 747 will be an interesting book. You learn incites into the process of the creation of a new aircraft and learn how the 747 has changed aviation. At first I though Boehmer's narration was going to be a bit dull but as it went along I found it was perfect for the book and Sutter's writing and personality. Over all, a good book.

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    Gtwes128 04-21-15
    Gtwes128 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    A "must read" for any aviation buff. Extremely well done and an inspiring history of commercial flight. I highly recommend this book.

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    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 02-17-15
    Gotta Tellya Santa Rosa, CA 02-17-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fascinating aviation history"

    I enjoyed Mr Sutter's autobiography, with its emphasis on his contributions to the development of the still essential 747 airliner. Fascinating reading. From now on, I will think of Mr. Sutter and his Boeing team with gratitude every time I fly on one of those magnificent passenger jets. Equally notable was the contribution of the narrator, who did a great job conveying the author's thoughts and feelings. If you are interested in aviation history, you will find this a good read.

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    Tim United States 01-23-15
    Tim United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2011

    I don't write book reports.

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    "747"

    I'm not into aviation, but if you are going overseas, you will most likely be traveling on a "747." Very interesting story how the aircraft became about. The book reads more like an autobiography for Joe Sutter. He was the head engineer for the aircraft at Boeing. 747 changed how we fly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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