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Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 12:39 pm

Or any plane for that matter.

The aircraft company always get's the credit for the plane, then the CEO or project manager, then the pilot or country. What about the engineers and designers? Does anybody care for them?

SOMEONE had to have sketched something on a notebook or pad then exclaiming, "I got it!" There has to have been a group of folks who had an assignment, got together, and came up with the original concept - who are they?

I got to know, because in a few years I am going to be one of them!
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 12:45 pm

Actually there is a fantastic documentary series on the development of the 777. I always found it amazing that the first person who actually, physically 'made' the 777, according to the documentary, was a middle-aged woman who applied some kind of "glue" adhesive to the wing spar....., the first actual part mating effort that begins each airframe.

Help me out here...the documentary is called (????) and is it available to buy?
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 12:58 pm

I know there is a good one on TLC a lot, maybe that is what you are thinking of. I think it is just called 777 or something really simple like that.

As for who came up with the 777, it was Boeing. Smile/happy/getting dizzy They told hundreds of people in many different companies (Boeing's own, NASA, engine manufactures, suppliers, etc.) what they wanted and they got paid a ton of money to make it happen. It wasn't a small group of people in Boeing, it was many engineers all over the world putting ideas together and then sending them via a computer to Boeing and then Boeing's computers put it together to make the plane. It is obviously much more complicated, but basically all those people were in a way working for Boeing so the company that organized it and paid the people gets the credit. That's how it has always worked in every industry.
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 1:17 pm

The Documentary you are thinking of is called Twenty-First Century Jet, and there is a book by the same name which is basically the documentary on paper. I strongly recomend both of them!
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 2:57 pm

The people who come up with the original idea for a plane are usually the CEOs of airlines.

In this case the CEOs asked Boeing if they could make a plane that could carry X amount of pax, have this range, and be cheap to operate.

And Boeing did it...
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 7:00 pm

The two people who really made the 777 were Phil Condit and Alan Mulally. Phil Condit was general manager of the new airplane programme, which came the 777 project. Alan Mulally was head of engineering, but became general manager of the 777 when Phil Condit left. Alan Mulally left too later on, but months after the first flight and he kept on "calling in" on the programme to see how it was doing  Smile. If anything, these two guys made all the really important decisions regarding the 777.

BTW, Phil Condit is now Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, and Alan Mulally is now Chairman and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes  Smile
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RE: Who Really Made The 777?

Sun Oct 07, 2001 7:37 pm

Computers! - no doubt