Growing Up Boeing

Growing Up Boeing

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by Rebecca Wallick
     
 
Growing Up Boeing gives an insider’s perspective of the Boeing test pilots and engineers who regularly risked their lives as they tested and certified the early commercial jets, 707s through 767s, at the dawn of the jet age. Passionate about flying, Boeing test pilot S. L. “Lew” Wallick and his Flight Test colleagues lived lives full of risk and

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Growing Up Boeing gives an insider’s perspective of the Boeing test pilots and engineers who regularly risked their lives as they tested and certified the early commercial jets, 707s through 767s, at the dawn of the jet age. Passionate about flying, Boeing test pilot S. L. “Lew” Wallick and his Flight Test colleagues lived lives full of risk and adventure while raising their families in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, a region strongly influenced by Boeing and aviation. Using personal interviews of the pilots and engineers, Lew’s daughter Rebecca weaves the accounts of many key test pilots and flight test engineers of this Golden Age of aviation into a narrative full of aviation history, behind-the-scenes drama, some well-kept secrets, and personal insights about how the Boeing test pilots worked, lived and raised their families. Growing Up Boeing offers the human side of Boeing’s flight test history.

Sit down, buckle your seat belt, put your tray table up, and prepare to take off on a nostalgic flight back in time, when the best test pilots flew by the seat of their pants, putting new commercial jets through tests that stressed and pushed the edge of performance envelopes, discovering their limits and tolerances and making them even better. Fly along on demonstration and proving flights as the test pilots help Boeing sell the airplanes to airlines around the world, meeting a few celebrities along the way. By the end of your flight, you’ll have a greater appreciation for the risks the crews took to ensure that we, the traveling public, can fly safely and comfortably to almost anywhere in the world today.

Editorial Reviews

Senior Curator, Museum of Flight, Seattle - Dan Hagedorn
You need not have grown up in the Puget Sound region to identify with much of what Rebecca Wallick has so poignantly related for posterity in this highly personal and nearly poetic account. This artfully narrated account breathes life into the extremely personal and human experiences that have, in some magical way, been shared at some level by so many, and provides more than a hint of what has made this aircraft manufacturer legendary.
Retired Chief Test Pilot, Boeing - John Cashman
This is an extraordinary book for aviation buffs and historians written by one of the few people able to write it. It is a fascinating story about the pioneers of jet transport flight testing—the major contributions made by teams of pilots, engineers, and maintenance personnel while dealing with a large area of new aviation knowledge. It is also the story of the families that supported them and gave them some semblance of normalcy despite the sometimes dangerous aspects of their jobs.
Retired Test Pilot and VP of Flight Operations, Boeing - Brien Wygle
Rebecca Wallick’s delightful story of the lives of the test pilots who served Boeing during that company’s golden years of military and commercial jets will more than excite aviation buffs. She tells her own story in parallel with that of her father, Lew Wallick, one of the truly great test pilots. There are periods of intense pressure on the flight test community, humorous anecdotes and some downright dangerous moments. B-47 to the 767, a well-written sweep of Flight Test history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148340430
Publisher:
Maian Meadows Publishing
Publication date:
02/08/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
812,075
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Wallick is the daughter of legendary Boeing test pilot S. L. “Lew” Wallick. While not a pilot herself (despite her father’s best efforts), she has always had a keen interest in collecting and preserving the aviation history she witnessed growing up. Rebecca earned a degree in history at the University of Washington and law degree at Seattle University. After thirty years of practicing law and writing on the side, she is finally flipping the tables and writing full time (with a little law on the side). Rebecca resides in Kirkland, Washington with her dog Finn MacCool.

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Growing Up Boeing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Charming Memoir For an insider view on commercial aviation and what it was like to be a test pilot, this book is both fascinating and heart-warming. Author Rebecca Wallick grew up in the "family-oriented, aw-shucks can-do geeky engineering" culture of Boeing aeronautics in Seattle since her father was a Boeing test pilot. My father worked for Kodak in Rochester at the same time, so in many ways, I can related to Wallick's childhood. Her book inspires me to share the great stories of his career, although I can't say he ever rolled a place! Wallick aimed to have this memoir published on the 51st anniversary of the first flight of the 727, her father's favorite airplane. I love memoirs, particularly ones from a woman's point of view of a man's world. Other books like this that I enjoy are An Aviator's Wife by Charles Lindberg's wife and Wondrous Beauty about Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.