- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Maian Meadows Publishing (February 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991364805
- ISBN-13: 978-0991364800
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot's Daughter Paperback – February 7, 2014
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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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Lew was always my hero, and I always had a lot of admiration, and respect for him! He, in my opinion, was the most important name in Boeing's history! He was there, and on most all the first flights of the jet age! Back when Boeing was a “Family”, kept their promises, and airplanes were delivered on time! Now, if they are 3 ½ years late on a program, and may never make a profit, they pat themselves on the back! The “big names” come and go, and many just drive the company into the ground, including McNerney as of late! Not so with Lew! He, and the other engineers and test pilots are who made it all happen! I took an early retirement from the now Chicago based company just because I could no longer stand what it had become.
We led kind of a weird parallel life. We both worked for Boeing for about 35 years, although, I was at the other end of the food chain. I spent a lot of time growing up at our little cabin on Lake Sammamish right across from the Wallick’s. I probably saw them out on the lake 100 times, although, we never met. Then, much later in life, my then fiancée, sees some Boeing “thing” I had and asked if I had ever heard of Lew Wallick? I said “Hell Yeah”! She said "he was kind of my Step Dad". I said “Yeah Right”! Then she brings out the photo album! OMG!! This was while Lew was in the hospital, and she set up a visit for her and I thru the widow, who, by the way, is a Lovely Lady! I told her that was awesome, and I would love to meet him, but told her I would wait until he got better. He never did! My Dad, who was also an engineer, and had worked for Boeing for a short time, also passed away about the same time. At the memorial where we met the author, we also met his widow (I don’t think the ex had actually met her before). I had once been given Lew’s Navy wings, but gave them back to the ex thinking she should have them more than I. Ironically, my tax man had Tex Johnston’s! At the memorial she gave them to the widow, she wept, and they became friends! She in exchange, gave the ex some of Lew’s ashes, and many links to urns to choose from. Out of the hundreds, ironically, we chose the same exact one, only with different colors! Had we not split up, it would be here. Maybe it will someday! We also got to meet John Cashman at the memorial, another hero I admired!
Anyhow, here’s to the Author for an awesome book, and to her Father Lew, A True Legend!!!
This book includes stories about airplane flight testing (you cannot bail out), FAA certification, several accidents and near-accidents, rolling 707s and other airplane models, Edwards Air Force Base, Unlimited Hydroplanes, “Butch” the seal on Lake Samammish, and many very interesting people in the “airplane business.”
Most of the stories are about extraordinary people who did amazing things, but several are about less-than-extraordinary people who did unexpected things - some life lessons here.
While I am a retired Boeing Engineer, knew some of these people and stories, and understand the technology, anyone who every flew on a commercial airplane, or even wants to, will find this book very interesting.
I learned a lot, I was tremendously entertained, and I even laughed out loud.
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Dwight Bates <email@example.com>
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I worked with the author's father as an Engineer. I liked him and the P12 airplane that he restored. I loved the book. I was dismayed to find at the 40th Anniversary Ceremony of the 747 at the Museum of Flight that no one that was there and flew other than Joe Sutter had written a book on the 747. As a result, I wrote my book "Due Diligence - the Memoirs of an Engineer and Outdoorsman" this year. It is available from Amazon. I am glad that Rebecca's book captured the good old days at Boeing. If we did not fix the problems on the first 747, we would have lost the Boeing Company. I love Boeing and was recently called back as an expert Engineer in Composites to fix the 787. Thanks for writing the book about the good old days at Boeing.