A lifelong Seattle resident, octogenarian Sutter headed the engineering team that designed and created the Boeing 747 jet plane. His book, cowritten with Spenser, who has authored several aircraft histories (e.g., on the Bellanca, the Aeronca, and early helicopters), concerns the process of bringing the 747 from the drawing board to the market, and all the testing and certifying in between. Sutter places this narrative in the context of his life; he shares interesting details about coming of age in the first half of the 20th century and intersperses anecdotal tributes to his late wife throughout. 747 includes numerous black-and-white photographs, principally basic shots of the aircraft. Because this technical memoir is at least as much a manufacturing case study as an aviation narrative, catalogers may want to expand the subject tracings to reflect its business focus. Of interest to those collecting in the engineering and aviation business areas and appropriate for large public and academic libraries. Sara Tompson, Science & Engineering Lib., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
As leader of the Boeing company's design and engineering team that created the 747-the world's first wide-body, twin-aisle airplane-Sutter had perhaps the best overall view of all aspects of the 747's development in the mid 1960s. This engaging look at the technical, political and corporate forces that clashed over the 747 adds important details to Clive Irving's 1993 Wide-Body: The Triumph of the 747. Sutter's descriptions of the furious pace his team had to maintain proves his assertion that the 747's development process closely resembled that of aviation's colorful early days. It is fascinating to read that while the 747 later became Boeing's crowning achievement, with variations of the plane continuing to remain popular during the past three decades, various Boeing executives during the '60s "were taken in by the enticing vision" of supersonic transports like the Concorde, and Sutter had to fight "every step of the way to get the 747 designed, built, certified, and into service." 8-page b&w photo insert, 20 b&w photos throughout, not seen by PW. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
As magnificent and soaring as the big bird itself, Joe Sutter s true story is . . . fascinating. --Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys Sutter had perhaps the best overall view of all aspects of the 747 s development in the mid 1960s. --Publishers Weekly "Sutter had perhaps the best overall view of all aspects of the 747's development in the mid 1960s."--Publishers Weekly "As magnificent and soaring as the big bird itself, Joe Sutter's true story is . . . fascinating."--Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys