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Research Draft 2

Research Draft 2 - Largent 1 Michael Largent Eng 102-013 17...

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Largent 1 Michael Largent Eng 102-013 17 Nov 2009 Research Rough Draft Revolutionizing Transportation Imagine driving from New York to Los Angeles in a straight trip. Not only would it take days upon days of tiring driving, but it would also take approximately fifty gallons of gas, possibly costing someone hundreds of dollars for the strenuous transportation alone. Now picture flying through the sky in a Boeing 747, enjoying an onboard meal, watching a movie, and gasping at the ground pass underneath you at several hundred miles per hour. Although airline travel may seem like an enormous hassle with long lines, delays, cancellations, security checks, and baggage claim, the other options appear absolutely dreadful. With the innovations from the powerhouse aerospace company Boeing, based in Chicago with locations spanning the globe, transportation can be viewed as easy, quick, and luxurious. Boeing’s contributions to the air and space flight communities have exceeded all efforts by any other aerospace company making it the “king of the sky.” With its dominance in commercial jets, Boeing is the top provider to airlines and completely revolutionizes the entire industry. Throughout my childhood, airplanes have always frightened me. The loud roar of the turbine engines terrified me, and the thought of flying made me nervous. Fast- forwarding several years into the future, two years into high school I decided to climb aboard a Boeing 747 heading from MidAmerica Airport to Las Vegas. I loved it! The following summer I took several flight classes and even piloted a small Cessna airplane
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Largent 2 without the aid of an instructor. I knew that at that point in my life, I needed to become a pilot or an engineer for Boeing, one of the most prestigious aerospace engineering companies in the world. The company began with a man named William E. Boeing who graduated from Yale’s college of engineering and then headed to the west coast and started a small airplane manufacturing company. This company then exploded in size to the giant company it is today. On December 20, 1957, the first of Boeing’s famous commercial jets made its inaugural flight. The 707-120 was a medium-range transport plane but eventually made its journey taking passengers across the entire Atlantic Ocean. Fast- forwarding almost a decade into the future, over 50,000 Boeing employees began work on the infamous 747 (“Biplanes by the Sea.”). These workers were nicknamed “The Incredibles” and included engineers, construction workers, mechanics, and even secretaries that created the 747, the largest civilian aircraft in the entire world, all in roughly 16 months (“747 Commercial Transport”). According to Paul Josias, a current employee at Boeing in St. Louis, Boeing credits much of its success to the 747 commercial jet and the hardworking employees that spent countless hours of their time trying to make it perfect.
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  • Three '08
  • Boeing 747, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Competition between Airbus and Boeing, Airbus A350, The Boeing Company

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