Saturday, April 11, 2009
Come fly with me......
Ok, maybe I personally won't be flying in them, but I wanted to share some beautiful planes. (Though I did get to fly a 777 coming home from Germany 2 years ago. It was pretty satisfying knowing that I had been a part in it's creation). :)
I have worked at Boeing for over 26 years, survived 2 layoffs and have built parts and sections of, as well as inspected, military as well as commercial airplanes. My newest job that I just accepted in Dec. is a Customer Documents inspector.
I basically follow the airplane from the very beginning where they are in pieces until the completed airplane is delivered to their customer. I track thousands of parts and serial numbers to make sure the customer has all their required documentation of each of those parts and it is correct.
I also write up flight squawks where during the test flights if the pilots or customers find things that aren't working properly or visually are not acceptable. I write them up, and then follow up with the fixes. These go to Boeing, the customer and FAA.
Let me tell you, I have no trouble flying Boeing airplanes. I know they are the best they can be!
Here is a couple of pics of me with my first 777 Delta airplane. I'm standing in a couple of them with the person that has been responsible for my training, Larry. I will be working the new 787 when it is ready.
Here are a couple of planes across the tarmac, a 777 Emirates and a 747 Cathay Pacific.
The rest of these pics of from my recently (this last Friday) delivered airplane. It was a big one, and I was lucky to be the person involved with it. It was the 777th Boeing 777. Bought by Air France. There was a big ceremony held at the Future of Flight museum which is right up the road from where I work.
Here is a great pic of "my baby" leaving on a test flight taken by a fellow that takes pics of all the planes test flying and delivering, named Matt Cawby.