• Chidozie Uzoezie

The Life And Times of Joe Sutter, The Father of Boeing 747

Boeing has announced the death of one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved member of the Boeing family, Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” who passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.

Joe Sutter personified the ingenuity and passion for excellence that made Boeing airplanes synonymous with quality the world over.

Early in Joe’s career, he had a hand in many iconic commercial airplane projects, including the Dash 80, its cousin the 707 and the 737. But it was the 747 – the world’s first jumbo jet – that secured his place in history.

Joe Sutter who was known for his legendary and bold technical designs, led the engineering team that developed the Boeing 747 in the mid-1960s opening up affordable international travel and helping connect the world.

His team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the "Incredibles" for producing what was then the world’s largest airplane in record time – 29 months from conception to rollout. It remains a staggering achievement and a testament to Joe’s “incredible” determination.

Long after he retired, Mr Sutter remained very active within the Boeing Company and continued to serve as a consultant on the Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group.

Joe Sutter was loved and will be remembered for his amazing life of inspiration – not just to those at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry.

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