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    Bruce W. McKinnon

    Cell | 425-501-8625

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    2nd or CURRENT LIFE ( Real Estate )

    Residential Real Estate

    Windermere Real Estate / GH LLC

    11811 Mukilteo Speedway, Suite 108

    Mukilteo, WA 98275


    Two Washington State -- Real Estate LICENSES


    (1) Real Estate Broker
    (2) Managing Broker


    Realtor ®: Dues paying NAR member requiring NAR Code of Ethics compliance
    (1) NAR: National Association of Realtors ®
    (2) WR: Washington Realtors ®
    (3) SCCAR: Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors ®


    Extra personal expense and time away from real estate: Optional clock hour coursework

    (for additional special educational programs) -- in addition to Washington state licensing requirements

    PLUS tests and documented real estate performance records (sales) to qualify for each certification.

    (1) CRS: Certified Residential Specialist
    (2) GRI: Graduate, Real Estate Institute
    (3) ABR: Accredited Buyer's Representative
    (4) SRES: Senior's Real Estate Specialist
    (5) GREEN: NAR Green Designation
    (6) e-PRO: Certified Internet Specialist
    (7) CLHMS: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
    (8) MCNE: Master Certified Negotiation Expert



    (1) 2004-2014: SCCAR / Snohomish County - Camano Association of Realtors ®
    (2) 2010-2014 and 2017-2019: WR / Washington Association of Realtors ®


    (1) Distinctive Homes & Estates
    (2) Puget Sound View & Waterfront Properties
    homes, condominiums & townhomes and undeveloped land


    Populations in MY SERVICE AREA


    .110,000.... Everett




    1st LIFE ( Healthcare )

    34 years in Health Care / 20 years as a CEO

    (1) Claims Administration (casualty claims & Medicare Part B)

    (2) Medical Practice Administration
    .......A. Healthcare Sectors (teaching setting & private practice)
    .......B. Group Orientation
    ............1. Multi-Specialty (e.g., ENT, dermatology, surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, neurology, cardiology, pediatrics, OB-GYN)
    ............2. Single-Specialty (e.g., orthopedic surgery)
    .......C. Health Care Consulting
    ............1. Medical Groups (single & multi-speciality)
    ............2. Hospitals
    ............3. IPA's / Independent Practice Associations



    Wife / Linda: Elementary School Counselor & Social Worker
    Daughters (4)

    • 2 -- married (Little Rock and Baltimore areas)
    • 1 -- Graduate, University of Washington - molecular biology major
    • 1 -- BA in Business Administration-Minor in Economics, Seattle Pacific University                                                                                           Masters in Digital Media, University of Washington (works for Microsoft / Channel 9 - 9 years)
  • Hello &



    .............. Ferry



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    Bruce W. McKinnon....................


    Business Experiences

    1999 |||| My 2nd Life |||| to Date

    Real Estate


    1964 |||| My 1st Life |||| 1998

    34 years

    Medical Practice Management

    ` Adjuster || Multi-Line Casualty Insurance || Medicare



    Luxury Home Seal -- Video on / about the city of Mukilteo

    Work History (2nd or Current Life)

    21 years = one company = 21 years

    Brokerage + Association Involvement​ = Local & State


    Windermere Real Estate

    11811 Mukilteo Speedway | Suite 108

    Mukilteo, Washington 98275

    Click on LUXURY seal to the right to watch

    a short 5:11 minute video about living / working in Mukilteo

    Managing Broker --  Northwest Puget Soound

    Windermere Real Estate / GH LLC

    11811 Mukilteo Speedway

    Suite 108

    Mukilteo, Washington 98203


    9A. Managing Broker

    April 1, 1999 - Present (21 years)


    SPECIALTY: Luxury Homes / Puget Sound View & Waterfront Property

    Represent buyers and sellers on land and residential real estate transactions.

    WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE: Windermere was founded in 1972 (one office) in the Windermere neighborhood of Seattle. Today, Windermere is the 8th largest, privately held real estate firm in the U.S. with offices in 10 states (over 200 in Washington state alone).

    34% MARKET SHARE: Windermere commands largest market share in the Greater Seattle area (closest competitor - 10%) and is acknowledged to be the most successful and professional real estate firm in Washington State.

    My Mukilteo Office (Mukil-t-eo, population 22,000) is located just 33 miles north of downtown Seattle. The city is surrounded on 2 sides by the Puget Sound. The city school district is recognized as the best west of Interstate 5. This office is centrally located within the Puget Sound area (Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo -- and Everett to the north) that I service -- all cities in Snohomish County.


    Bruce's Service Area Sales Statistics By City

    2017 & 2018


    SUMMARY -- Northwest Multiple Listing Service Statistics -- SUMMARY



    2018 -- YEAR -- 2018

    12 months || 1-1-2018 through 12-31-2018 || 12 months


    Everett -- Sales Averages -- Everett -- Sales Averages -- Everett

    Sold = 1,826 || DOM = 22 || SF = 1,024 || $/SF = $ 229.48

    $ 95,000 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 1,900,000 || Median = $ 423,300

    $ 446,483 = List -- Average -- Sold = $ 446,483 || or +101.70%



    Mukilteo -- Sales Averages -- Mukilteo -- Sales Averages -- Mukilteo

    Sold = 230 || DOM = 36 || SF = 2,479 || $/SF = $ 276.19

    $ 349,900 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 1,490,000 || Median = $ 641,250

    $ 665.935 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 659,522 || or 99.04%



    Lynnwood -- Sales Averages - Lynnwood - Sales Avera ges -- Lynnwood

    Sold = 993 || DOM = 25 || No SF = 2,043 || No $/SF = $253.42

    $ 200,000 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 2,100,000 || Median = $ 520,000

    No $ 497,540 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 548,325 || No or 9100.0002%



    Edmonds -- Sales Averages -- Edmonds -- Sales Averages -- Edmonds

    Sold = 726 || DOM = 21 || SF = 2,350 || $/SF = $ 288.34

    $ 249,000 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 4,235,000 || Median = $ 630,000

    $ 655,779 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 716,519 || or +100.0002%





    2017 -- YEAR -- 2017

    12 months || 1-1-2017 through 12-31-2017 || 12 months


    FIX Everett -- Sales Averages -- Everett -- Sales Averages -- Everett

    Sold = 2,025 || DOM = 22 || SF = 1,812 || $/SF = $ 217.88

    $ 115,799 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 2,350,000 || Median = $ 377,100

    $ 390,901 = List -- Average -- Sold = $ 394,911 || or +101.27%



    Mukilteo -- Sales Averages -- Mukilteo -- Sales Averages -- Mukilteo

    Sold = 268 || DOM = 39 || SF = 2,574 || $/SF = $ 254.12

    $ 280,000 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 1,756,000 || Median = $ 584,000

    $ 653,120 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 634,606 || or 97.17%



    Lynnwood -- Sales Averages - Lynnwood - Sales Averages -- Lynnwood

    Sold = 1,034 || DOM = 22 || SF = 2,033 || $/SF = $244.90

    $ 240,000 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 1,399,000 || Median = $ 476,170

    $ 489,182 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 497,886 || or 101.78%



    Edmonds -- Sales Averages -- Edmonds -- Sales Averages -- Edmonds

    Sold = 743 || DOM = 22 || SF = 2,327 || $/SF = $ 282.37

    $ 194,925 = Low -- Sold Price -- High = $ 3,000,000 || Median = $ 585,000

    $ 646,117 = List --.Average -- Sold = $ 657,079 || or +101.70%



    Click on image on the right -- listen to 30 second video on Windermere

    "Relationships before sales quotas"

    That is the KEY to the

    Windermere legacy

    since 1972

    I'm a REALTOR -- Click on IMAGE to find out!

    Washington Realtors

    Olympia, Washington

    9B. Board of Directors

    2010 - 2014 and 2017-2019

    WR / Washington Realtors is the state association of 19,000 Realtors (agents and brokers) licensed to practice real estate in Washington State.
    My involvement in the Association structure on a STATE level has been as follows:

    (1) 2011 Regional Representative (Central Puget Sound)
    (2) 2011 Legislative Steering Committee (alternate)
    (3) 2013 Strategic Planning Committee
    (4) 2013 Code of Ethics Centennial Task Force
    (5) 2014 Nominations Committee
    (6) 2010-2014 Information Systems Committee
    (7) 2014 VICE PRESIDENT, Information Systems
    (8) 2011, 2013-2014 Executive Committee
    (9) 2016-2017 Operations Committee
    (10) 2016-2017 WR Realtor PAC Trustee
    (11) 2010-2014 & 2017-2019 Board of Directors
    Click on image on the right to find who IS and IS NOT a REALTOR®
    Snohomish County -- where I practice Real Estate

    Snohomish County-Camano Association of REALTORS ®

    Everett, Washington (county seat)

    9C. Member / Board of Directors / Executive Committee

    2004 - 2013 || Committee Member, 2000 - 2020

    Realtor® Membership: 1,500 (18 member Board of Directors)

    SCCAR is a not-for-profit Association consisting of 1,500 active, Washington State licensed, real estate agents -- but only those licensed agents who have also attained the status of REALTOR®. A Realtor® providing service in Snohomish County is a dues-paying member of 3 Associations:

    (1) NAR: National Association of Realtors ®
    (2) WR: Washington Realtors ®
    (3) SCCAR: Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors ®

    ONLY 48% of all licensed real estate agents in Washington are REALTORS® and 52% are not. |||| A REALTOR® is obligated by being a member to abide by the NAR Code of Ethics and to take Ethics Courses every 2 years. 
    The SCCAR Board of Directors consists of 18 members ELECTED by the membership to the position of Director / Officer.

    My Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors® POSITIONS

    (1) 2007-2010 Education Committee
    (2) 2006-2011 Communications Committee
    (3) 2005-2008, 2013 Ethics Hearings Panel
    (4) 2003-2020 Government Affairs Committee
    (5) 2004-2014 SCCAR Board of Directors
    (6) 2006-2013 SCCAR Executive Committee
    (7) 2006 Vice President of Government Affairs (1st term)
    (8) 2007 Vice President of Communications & Public Relations
    (9) 2012 Vice President of Government Affairs (2nd term)
    (10) 2013 Vice President for Professional Standards

    (11) 2010 SCCAR President

    (12) 2004-2018 Candidate Interview Team
    (City, County, State & Federal Officials)
    (13) 2014-2017 SCCAR Realtor PAC Trustee -- Washington Realtor Representative
    (14) 2006-2019 Washington State -- Legislative Key Contact
    Click on image (photo) on the right and listen to a short 1:27 minute video on Snohomish County, WA where I live -- and work in Real Estate
  • McKinnon's Real Estate Service Area

    Everett, Mukilteo, Lynnwood & Edmonds

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    4 city Service Area:  Everett, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Edmonds (mostly VIEW properties)

    These are the areas to which I have restricted my business

    Click on image above to see YouTube Video on Snohomish County, Washington



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    4 city Service Area:  Everett, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Edmonds (mostly VIEW properties)

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    Political Representatives in the areas I serve

    4 city Service Area:  Everett, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Edmonds (mostly VIEW properties)

    Above -- Political Representatives in the areas I serve -- Above


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  • Work History (1st Life)


    Casualty Insurance & Medicare Claims

    and Medical Practice Administration


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    Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons, PC

    West Des Moines, Iowa

    8. CEO at DMOS

    August 1995 - November 1998

    DMOS Group Practice LINK: https://youtu.be/aa0errYeknc

    Nice video narrated by Board President (2014) Nick Honk-amp, MD with comments by several doctors and staff. Excellent overview.


    DMOS was honored to be named one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces by the Des Moines Register in 2014. The group included 26 physicians (then), physician assistants, and a dedicated staff of 220 employees who service offices in West Des Moines, East Des Moines, Carroll Iowa, and 17 other satellite locations, along with the groups Urgent Injury Clinic (West Campus).


    Administrator of DMOS: Iowa's largest orthopedic practice (then 17 orthopedic surgeons covering 7 sub-specialties plus 3 podiatrists, 75 staff,

    17 satellite locations, in-house surgery, MRI, Radiology, PT, OPT, HT). DMOS is a private multi-specialty surgical group practice located in a

    state-of-the-art 60,500 SF facility in West Des Moines, Iowa. The physician group also served as team physicians for the arena football team known as the Iowa Barnstormers (Kurt Warner, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback from 1995 to 1997) plus 2 semi-pro teams, The Des Moines Menace (soccer)

    and the Des Moines Buccaneers (hockey).

    My wife was offered a great position as a counselor with the Everett School System (WA), so I retired in 1998 once my contract ran out in November-- after 34 years in healthcare (20 years as CEO-different groups); After our family moved back to Washington state, retirement proved to be short-lived (for Bruce) due to stock market DOT.com fiasco of 1999 / 2000.


    I became a Licensed real estate agent in Washington State

    April 1, 1999, 6 months after moving from Des Moines, Iowa.


    DMOS (1995-1998) Admired Physicians / Staff: DMOS -- now 27 orthopedic surgeons) is an absolutely solid group of highly trained, board certificated orthopedics surgeons -- including general orthopedics AND fellowship trained sub-specialists focused on trauma, total joint, sports medicine & arthroscopic surgery, spine, hand, foot & ankle and pain management.


    DMOS was and is a strong, well-managed group practice with a superb vision for the future of orthopedics -- perhaps the best group for whom I had the privilege of working.


    Noted here are 3 physicians whom I held in the highest regard as surgeons and dedicated, skilled, group practice-oriented leaders (all past presidents).


    Doug Reagan, MD (hand)

    Steve Taylor, MD (sports medicine)

    Lynn Nelson, MD (spine)


    DMOS Group Practice LINK: https://youtu.be/BJ_bDa66-cc

    3:23 minute 2013 video / narrative with 6 doctors -- Barron Bremner, DO., Jeffrey Rodgers, MD., Lee Evans, DPM., Nickolas Honkamp, MD., Chris Nelson, DO., and Jason Sullivan, Md.


    Finally, special recognition is given to 3 key, outstanding Administrative Team members: Shari Aurelius, Executive Secretary, Jan Graham, CFO and Kelly Gruber, Director of Facilities & Information Systems. Exceptional People. I missed them.

    Denver Orthopaedic Clinic, PC

    Denver, Colorado

    7. CEO

    November 1991 - July 1995

    Administrator of Colorado's largest orthopedic group (then 11 orthopedic surgeons, 9 PA's and 49 staff including a sophisticated research department) located in downtown Denver.

    Designed "to scale" floor plan for 18,500 SF orthopedic clinic (26 exam rooms, 3 x-ray rooms, 2 minor surgery suites,13 doctors offices, physical therapy, research department, medical records, business operations, administration and waiting room). Bid out furniture and equipment and x-ray systems. Re-designed computing systems and outsourced network Development.

    Orchestrated and facilitated the merger of 6 orthopedic independent groups to form Denver Orthopedic Specialists, PC with 40 specialists covering 11 hospitals, then the largest private orthopedic group practice in the US.


    DOC (1995-1998) / DOS (1999-) Admired Physicians / Personnel: DOC was a well-established orthopedic group founded in 1952 by Mack Clayton, MD, , group President until he retired. He was a fair-minded, down-to-earth leader and surgical mechanic.


    Dr Clayton was world renown for his published works on his new or modified surgical techniques and outcomes documentation -- with an eye for sharing his learning’s with the medical world. His published work on arthritic problems related to the hand, foot and hip were followed by physicians internationally. He set an unbelievable example for those who joined his practice (+33 fellows trained with him over the years), given his passion for research and working on the cutting edge of orthopedic care.


    All of the groups physicians were outstanding. But, I personally respected 4 physicians I felt shared Dr. Clayton's passion for surgery and / or had an unselfish commitment to group practice and patient care.


    Don Ferlic, MD (hand surgery)

    Ross Wilkins, MD (limb preservation, bone transplantation and oncology)

    David Oster, MD (general orthopedics and sports medicine)

    Laurel Benson, MD (pediatric orthopedics -- hand, foot and small bone)


    Administration: I had an absolutely fantastic Administrative team consisting of Paul Sauer, Christi Parameter, and Ruthie Guillemette.


    Off Campus: I would also like to single out 2 former principals at Simple Surgical Solutions (Mel Cohen, MS, PA, Ph.D. & Dan Kopelman) for their deep commitment to computing, research and outcomes management. Mel was also a highly skilled and respected PA (surgical assistant). And I certainly had a deep respect for St. Joseph Hospital CEO Sister Marianna Bauder, MBA (Notre Dame) -- as a manager and also for her unwavering devotion (and legacy) to those in need of quality care, but unable to pay for it.






    Washington Sports Medicine, PC

    Kirkland, Washington

    6. CEO

    January 1989 - October 1991

    Formed medical group and became Administrator of Greater Seattle's (then) largest multi-specialty sports medicine group practice (orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians and family medicine specialists with additional fellowship training in sports medicine -- 23 staff). The medical group at that time also served as team physicians for the University of Washington athletic teams (and 3 years with the Sounders). The HEAD team physician for over 20 years was Steve Bramwell, MD (orthopedic sports medicine), a man with a mission (literally).


    WSM / Washington Sports Medicine's (1989-1993) most admired physicians: For me, there were clearly two -- the seasoned veteran / group visionary (Dr. Bramwell) and (then) the new boy on the block (Dr. Shoup).


    Steven T. Bramwell, MD was a 3-year letterman halfback and academic all-American football player at UW where he still has unbroken kick return records. He received both his MD and completed his orthopedic residency

    at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was a pacesetter in

    out-patient sports medicine / same day surgery and arthroscopy


    Awards: Steve received the orthopedic VITALS Patient's Choice Award (2008, 2010-2011), the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award (2011) and was designated as one of the Top Ten area Doctors (2012). Steve was a giver, not a taker -- a physician ahead of his time.


    W. Brad Shoup, MD was a highly acclaimed defensive back for coach Lou Holtz and the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas. He received his MD and completed both his internship and Family Practice residency at the University of Arkansas for Health Sciences / Little Rock. Brad then moved to Washington State and completed a non-surgical sports medicine fellowship under Dr. Bramwell in 1988, subsequently joining the WSM staff in 1989. He was a member of the physician group responsible for the sports teams associated with the University of Washington Huskies with Dr. Bramwell (now an assistant team physician). He has also served as a team physician for the Seattle Seahawks in recent years.


    Awards: Brad moved on to a different group practice. There, he won the Vitals non-surgical "Patients' Choice" Award (2008 - 2012), the "Compassionate Doctor Recognition" Award (2010), and a "Top Doctor" designation in 2017 (Seattle Metropolitan Magazine).




    CEO & President (Founder & Partner)

    Super Systems Corporation

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    5. Healthcare Mangement Consultant, Computer System Developer & Medical Clinic Design Specialist

    April 1977 - November 1988 (11 years)


    MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT: (1) medical practice development, mergers & acquisitions an contract preparation & negotiation. I set up 47 medical practices and recruited 43 physicians (from 17 residency, fellowship, and/or military programs -- covering 28 specialty fields -- e.g., OB-GYN, pediatrics, nephrology, surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology)

    PRACTICE MANAGEMENT EVALUATIONS: Analyzed functions, productivity, fees and presented/reported findings.

    STREAMLINED OPERATIONS: Maximized 3rd party reimbursement, designed all medical forms / collection systems and hired and/or trained staff.


    (1) designed floor plans for 9 medical buildings (all built or internal building design reconfigured):

    • OB-GYN (2) -- 6,000 SF & 3,500 SF (supervised construction on 1)
    • Pediatrics -- 10,000 SF (see photo on right -- supervised construction)
    • Dermatology -- 7,500 SF (supervised construction)
    • ENT -- 4,000 SF
    • Ophthalmology -- 2,500 SF
    • Dentistry -- 2,500 SF
    • Family Medicine -- 8,000 SF
    • Plastic Surgery -- 3,000 SF

    (2) negotiated financing, construction & architectural contracts, and

    (3) supervised construction.

    DESIGNED SOFTWARE - SOLD COMPUTER SYSTEMS: Formed computer firm & hardware dealership (OEM/VAR, 3 staff). Designed billing system for medical groups. Demonstrated, sold and installed 12 systems ($50,000+ / installation), trained staff and provided technical support.


    Admired Individuals: Seldom is success a solo proposition. In my opinion, we are only as good as the people we are fortunate to work with (or select to work with). While in graduate school, I worked part-time at Forrest General Hospital and, as a quirk, part-time for numerous physicians / groups in Hattiesburg. After graduation, I was encouraged to and then decided to formally set up a medical practice consulting business.


    The consulting practice also led to the formation of a computer firm in 1980 with PARTNER Robert Morgan Hyatt, Ph.D., a computer scientist and (then) Chief of Systems at the University of Southern Mississippi -- at that time the 4th largest computer science program (undergrad and masters) in the US (over 800 students)..


    While I was arguably a systems analyst. I was NOT a programmer. Hyatt wrote the code for what would become a significant contribution to healthcare operations management -- the "Super System". We were partners for 8 years. Hyatt was a genius. For ME, Robert was the most respected man I ever had the fortune to know (on a personal level) -- trustworthy, hard working, dedicated, dependable, "silver tongue" -- and a loyal friend. Robert later went on to become a professor in computer science at UAB (the University of Alabama) in Birmingham - retired.


    Jim Bethea (BA in computer science) joined our group in marketing & sales several years later and also became a highly respected member of our team -- with computer installations and systems support. Jim went on to serve as CEO of Premier Medical Group of Jackson, Mississippi for 29 years (retired).




    During my 10+ years in management consulting & computing, I worked for and / or with many business professionals (printers, lawyers, CPA's, bankers, architects and contractors -- building, electrical & mechanical) and 100's of physicians representing almost every medical and surgical specialty. In many cases, a business relationship also transpired into a personal friendship. I was fortunate to have developed both a deep respect and a particularly close relationship with the following exceptional people / physicians.


    Business Professionals

    --William T. "Bill" Leggett (Printer)

    --Benjamin F. "Ben" Hudson (General Building Contractor)

    --Hugh J. Parker, Ph.D., CPA (Accountant)


    Board Certified Physicians

    --Stoney Williamson, MD (Ophthalmology)

    --A. Dean Cromartie, MD (OB-GYN)

    --John R. Jackson, MD (Pediatrics)

    --William H. Gullung, MD, III (Dermatology)

    --Larry H. Day, MD (ENT / Otolaryngology)

    --Thomas S. Messer, Jr, MD (Cardiology)

    --George E. McGee, MD (General Surgery)

    --Robert H. McCrary, MD (ENT / Otolaryngology)

    --Milam S. Cotton, MD (Oophthalmology)

    --Bryan F. McCraw, MD (Internal Medicine)

    --William P. "Will" Thompson, MD (Family Medicine)


    Forrest General Hospital

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    4. Administrative Assistant & Consultant                                       March 1977 - December 1979


    FGH -- LEVEL II, 512 BED TRAUMA HOSPITAL: Part-time Administrative Assistant & Consultant while attending graduate school. Reported to Executive Director. Assigned projects in collections, materials management, cart logistics, organizational development and unit dose. Designed microfilm MIS and inventory control system for orthopedic implants in the O.R. Developed plan for reorganizing O.R. and patient discharge program.

    HATTIESBURG was a middle-income community of 35,000 (now 50,000) located in south central Mississippi, 120 miles north of New Orleans. It was then ranked 1st in healthcare (15 years) in the US for cities under 100,000 and 6th as a place to live in the Places Rated Guide. The city has 2 colleges (William Carey University-2,500 students) and USM--the University of Southern Mississippi-15,000 students -- where two NFL Hall of Fame members (quarterback Brett Favre and kicker Ray Guy played college football) plus 2 major hospitals (Forrest General-537 beds and Wesley Medical Center-210 beds) and over 500 physicians. Hattiesburg is the home of the Hattiesburg Clinic, PA, one of the top and largest private group practices in U.S. (now over 300+ physicians / providers).


    The growth of FGH from 90 beds to 537 beds to become the 2nd largest hospital in Mississippi (next to the University Medical Center in Jackson) is a by-product of the leadership of primarily two phenomenal men (for whom I worked for 2 1/2 years while in graduate school and beyond):


    --Lowery A. Woodall, Sr., Executive Director from 1962 until his retirement in 1997 (deceased).

    --Bill Elkins, Assistant Executive Director (retired).



    The Hattiesburg Clinic, PA

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    3. Administrator

    March 1972 - March 1977

    ADMINISTRATOR: Managed 30 MD / 120 EMPLOYEE MEDICAL GROUP: Largest multi-specialty group in Mississippi - today one of 100 of the largest private multi-speciality groups (300 physicians / providers and 2'000 employees today) in the US and 45 Satellite locations (including 13 south Missippi dialysis clinics. Specialties then: Surgery (general, thoracic, vascular, cardiovascular), neurosurgery, orthopedics, ENT, OB-GYN, pulmonology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, hematology, oncology, internal medicine, neurology and family practice. Ancillary departments: P.T., dietary, EEG/EMG, treadmill, pulmonary functions, dialysis, pathology & radiology.

    DIRECTED OPERATIONS: Designed personnel policies and systems for appointments, registration, medical records, billing, insurance and inventory control. First Administrator in the U.S. to computerize 1974 California Relative Value Study (CRVS).

    Served as “clerk-of-works” on 5-story clinic construction program (90,000 SF). Recruited 13 MD's (practice grew from 17 to 30 M.D.’s). Coordinated activities of 3 organizations (including group practice, leasing & building corporations).

    Author: "The Superbill--A Uniform Billing and/or Claims System." (MGMA / Medial Group Management Association, Denver, Colorado; 54 pages, published July 1974)


    Admired Personnel / Physicians: Annie Ruth Johnson (deceased), my Assistant Administrator, was a phenomenal lady who had been at the clinic

    26 years when I arrived and whom I genuinely miss to this day. The 10 FOUNDERS of the Hattiesburg Clinic and all the physicians that joined

    HCPA during my tenure were respected physicians. However, there were clearly 6 physicians whom I really admired (coincidentally -- thay also served as members of the Board of Directors):


    --K. Ramsey O'neal, MD (OB-GYN), CEO, President and visionary

    --Gerald P. Gable, MD (Internal Medicine)

    --Dawson B. Conerly, JR, MD (General Surgery)

    --Ralph T. Wicker, MD (Neurosurgery)

    --A. Jerald Jackson, MD (Internal Medicine)

    --Phillip W. Rogers, MD, (Nephrology)


    All these man were exceptional physicians -- Board Certified in their specialty fields and respected by their peers and their patients. Dr O'neal was perhaps the smartest (and humble) man I ever met and a fearless, yet fair minded negotiator. All five were unselfish leaders, dedicated to their patients and the medical group practice as an entity. It was a pleasure to have worked for and with them.


    Across the street , there were 2 (of 5) senior Forrest General Hospital Administrators, Lowery Woodall and Bill Elkins, who were also both standouts in my mind.



    The Medical Education and Research Foundation, now HealthPartners

    Saint Paul Ramsey Hospital

    Now Regions Hospital

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    2. Assistant Director

    June 1969 - February 1972


    MERF / Medical Education & Research Foundation: Now HealthPartners Clinics, MERF was a not-for-profit, 501 (C) 3 corporation AND physician's billing office for physicians treating patients at St Paul Ramsey Hospital & Medical Center (now Regions Hospital), a level I, 550 bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis).

    Managed 80 employee' physician' billing office for multi-million dollar academic plan: Reorganized, designed and equipped new 5,000 SF business office. directed operations. Responsible for staffing and systems work on a new Control Data computer system designed for billing, insurance and collections.


    MERF was the first medical practice (private and teaching sectors) to fully implement the 1970 CRVS (California Relative Value System) for billing. This included utilizing the new (then) 5 digit procedure code with the full set of modifiers (for all services billed to federal and private insurance carriers in the U.S. -- billed 30 days prior to the 4-1-1970 published start date. The CRVS was the predecessor to the AMA's CPT coding system.

    Key player in the development of what became the 1st managed care contract in Minnesota between a fee-for-service group (Ramsey M.D.'s) and a fully capitated system (then called Group Health of St. Paul) -- before Paul M. Ellwood, M.D., founder of Interstudy and the Outcomes Institute (Minnesota), coined the term “HMO.”


    Joined and later became Vice Chairman (John Strehlow, then CEO of a surgical practice in Edina, MN was chairman) of the Procedures Committee of Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The committee provided a platform from which the "Superbill" (which John and I formulated and I later authored) would grow from a concept (1971) to maturity with the ultimate publication by MGMA national (Denver) in 1974.

    In retrospect, I joined MGMA with the encouragement of MERF's Executive Director, my boss, Roger E. Miles. My early involvement in industry Associations played a KEY role in my future career advancements.

    I joined Minnesota MGMA (1969) and national MGMA (1970) and later facilitated (founding member) the organization of Mississippi MGMA.


    I was also a fortunate participant in the AMGA / American Group Practice Association's clinic certification process which really helped channel my energies, advance my knowledge in my craft, and focus on (then) my passion, which was the nuts & bolts of clinic management. For me, committee involvement was always "systems oriented". Only in my 2nd life (real estate) did I show any interest in the political side of my industry. I was first of all a hands-on mechanic.

    Most Admired Physicians -- 3 exceptiqal department chairman and members of the Board of Directors:


    -- John R. Perry, MD, PhD (Cardiovascular Surgery)

    -- Alex S. Cass, MD (Urology)

    -- Claude R. Swayze, MD (Anesthesiology)


    Swayze was clearly the admired game changer. Together, we set up a medical record documentation system and internal record auditing program to guarantee 100% compliance with Medicare & Medicaid teaching hospital physician billing and reimbursement protocol. As a result, our academic practice became one of the first in the nation to pass a full scale (5 days) SSA Medicare audit (which we asked for / invited). We were also the first teaching medical center practice in the US to be paid by Mutual of Omaha. Without a doubt, my MEDICARE involvement was clearly the KEY factor in my future success in the healthcare industry. In that regard, I give special thanks to two outstanding Traveler's administrators -- Bill Lanzo & Herb Schrader (see below).


    William D. Lanzo, Travelere's Insurance Company

    The Travelers Insurance Company Minneapolis, Minnesota

    1. Multi-Line Claims Adjuster / Medicare Supervisor               July 1964 - June 1969

    (1) Multiple-line Adjuster (July 1964 to March 1967): Property and casualty insurance claim investigator and examiner (e.g., life, long-term disability, general-product-professional liability, automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, surety and boiler & machinery). Prepared claims for arbitration and subrogation and interrogatories for defense counsel. Collected monies on fidelity, surety and uninsured motorist’s claims.

    (2) Supervised 20 employee Medicare Part B claim unit (March 1967 to June 1969): Duties included the formulation of policy, writing training manuals and teaching ICD-8 and procedure coding (1964 CRVS) for data entry. Formulated reimbursement factors between hospital-based physicians and hospitals. Performed studies on physicians’ fees and utilization.


    Travelers was one of 66 insurance carriers in the US to contract with the Federal Government (beginning July 1, 1966) to process Medicare claims for both railroad beneficiaries throughout the US and Social Security beneficiaries in parts of Minnesota -- Minneapolis, St Paul and Rochester / The Mayo Clinic).


    Most admired Company and Personnel: Travelers Insurance Company was a well organized company with many outstanding people who were

    long-term supervisors and / or managers of various casualty claims divisions. I was most fortunate to have started my business career right out of college with Travelers working under these men and women.


    Two Key Mentors


    W. D. "Bill" Lanzo was the individual who stood out above the rest because of who he was as a first-class person, role-model an a phenomenal manager. During my first two plus years as a multi-line claims adjuster. I reported to Bill (one of 10 Supervising Adjusters in the multi-line casualty division) on long term disability claims. Bill and I also played both basketball and softball together on the company team that played in a Minneapolis area business sports circuit. In the spring of 1966, Bill was promoted by Travelers to head up the new Medicare Part B contract that started in July 1966. Six months later, he offered me a position as a unit supervisor for one of 6 - 25 employee claim processing units.


    Herb Schrader (deceased), Assistant to Lanzo, was also an important mentor (Later a Corporate Officer for Travelers in Hartford, Connecticut).


    Click on image on the right to hear brief history about Travelers

    9:25 minutes of corporate company detail


    An American Insurance Company

    2nd largest US commercial property & casualty Insurance in the world

    3rd Largest US writer of personal insurance

    A component of the DOW Jones Industrial Average with

    field operations in every US state & Internationally




    January 21, 2013 : I first met Bruce McKinnon in 2003 when he began attending Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS committee meetings. Bruce became very active in government affairs (Snohomish County and Washington State) and contributed to the REALTORS Legislative efforts on property rights and taxation issues. Bruce was elected to SCCAR board of Directors in 2004. I served on the board of directors and on the government committee with Bruce. Bruce and I have attended meetings with County Council members, state legislators and U.S. Congressional Representatives. Bruce was elected President of SCCAR in 2010. Twice in the past six years,, the SCCAR had to search for a replacement for our Executive Vice President due to our EVPs resigning to accept higher positions in other organizations. Bruce’s experience in helping write and negotiate contracts for our replacements was a great resource and benefit to SCCAR In summaryzing, Bruce is dedicated to whatever organization he is a member of, is extremely hard working and always goes the extra mile to assist in any way he can, and uses his talents and skills unselfishly.


    Gary Wright

    Past President Snohomish County - Camano Association of Realtors & Washington Realtors

  • Skills


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    (1) Computing

    (5) Residential Real Estate

    Homes II Condominiums || Townhomes || Land

    (2) Information Systems

    (6) Distinctive Properties

    Luxury Homes | View and Waterfront Properties

    (3) Videos & Photo Galleries

    (7) Land Development

    Surveys I Topo, Geotec, Geologic & Engineering Studies | Permit

    (4) Social Media


    Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft Office, Publisher, Adobe, Techsmith, Strikingly, Google, Kixtag, Strikingly, etc

    (8) Negotiation Expertise

    1st life = CEO 20 years I Master Certified Negotiation Expert

  • Education

    Realtor's® Only -- Specialized Real Estate Education -- Realtor's®Only

    Notice - 48% of all licensed agents in Washington State are not REALTORS® - Notice

    To be a REALTOR®, agents (brokers) must also be dues-paying members

    of NAR (National Association of Realtors)

    and adhere to the NAR Code of Ethics

    "REALTOR®" is a registered trademark of NAR


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    11. RENI / Real Estate Negotiation Institute

    Peoria, Arizona

    Graduate: Residential Real Estate, Accreditations, Certifications & Designations


    MASTERS: MCNE / Master Certified Negotiation Expert.

    Real Estate Designation -- Masters in Contract Negotiation


    Actions: Specialized real estate education (beyond licensing) requiring additional coursework / fees and testing.

    10. ILHM / Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

    Dallas, Texas

    Graduate: Distinctive Homes & Luxury Estates, CLHMS / Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist


    ILHM / The Institute exists to help real estate professionals provide high-quality service to the buyers and sellers of luxury homes and in so doing, maximize their own success in the upper-tier residential market. The Institute is the premier independent authority in training and certification for real estate agents working in the luxury residential market.


    Activities: ​ The Institute offers the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS - actual high end homes sales data required) designation for luxury home marketing, conducts research in the high-end market, and provides its members with the information and tools to be more effective in working with ultra high net worth clients.

    9. NAR - National Association or Realtors ®

    Sanctioned Education Program

    Chicago, IL

    Residential Real Estate, Accreditations, Certifications & Designations

    NAR's Highest Level Certification / Course

    2005 - 2006

    FYI / Realtor: Much to the surprise of many Washington state residents, only 48% of all agents are REALTORS -- 52% are NOT. Those who have NOT paid their dues cannot be an ACTIVE member, thus should not (can not legally) use the name "REALTOR".


    As an active member of NAR, Brokers are eligible (their choice) to further their education by attending NAR directed educational programs that can lead to a CERTIFICATION in various areas of real estate practice. Such certifications (e.g., CRS, GRI) are awarded to members who have paid for and completed the coursework and testing requirements necessary to be classified / designated by NAR as CERTIFIED.


    CRS: In-depth coursework on all phases of real estate transactions, marketing and promotion. Requirements include ...

    • CRS is the most coveted NAR designation (less than 3% of NAR's 1,309,000 US membership).
    • NAR awards the prestigious CRS Designation to experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training and demonstrate outstanding achievement (e.g., sales) in the industry
    • Member in good standing with Residential Real Estate Council and National Association REALTORS®
    • 48 CRS course credits + $ million / year in sustained sales
    • $8 million in real estate sales with a minimum of 10 transactions within two years

    Activities: CREDENTIALS (see above): Specialized real estate education (beyond licensing) requiring additional coursework / fees, testing, documented sales & performance (sales) records.

    8. NAR - National Association or Realtors ®

    Five Sanctioned Certification Programs

    Chicago, Illinois

    Other Residential Real Estate, Accreditations, Certifications & Designations

    2000 - 2010


    Realtor: Any Washington state licensed real estate Broker is eligible to become a member of NAR, the National Association of REALTORS. However, to be a member, agents must pay dues to NAR and then adhere to a strict "Code of Ethics." NAR owns the name REALTOR®.

    GRI: Legal issues, domestic and international marketing, contract issues, title & escrow, land mechanics, technical buying and selling.

    ABR: Buyer representation & services, agency relationships, duties & responsibilities, counseling, offers and negotiation technique.

    SRES: Creating an awareness of real estate investments, estate representation and nuances, title conflicts, developing an awareness of economic issues shaping market trends, legal representation idiosyncrasies, understanding health-related needs, and appreciating the concerns unique to 50+ clients and their families.

    GREEN: Advanced training in green building and sustainable business practices to enable agents to be able to effectively seek out, understand, and market properties with green features.

    e-PRO: Instruction on the use of social networks plus new and emerging digital formats (photo, videos, and audio) to effectively support photo galleries, online marketing and client communications.


    Above Activities: Specialized real estate education (beyond licensing) requiring additional coursework / fees, testing, documented sales & performance records.




    Washington State Real Estate Licensure


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    Required Course Work & Testing IIII Optional Windermere Course Work

    1. Broker Agent's License (required to practice real estate)

    2. Managing Broker's License (management eligibility)




    Graduate of Rockwell Institute

    7. Rockwell Institute

    Bellevue, Washington

    Managing Broker's License

    Graduate: Real Estate Brokerage Operations Management

    2000 - 2001

    Rockwell Institute (founded in 1974 by David L. Rockwell, President / owner / deceased) is recognized as Washington state’s leading source of Real Estate License preparation courses. Rockwell Publishing was established in 1981 and wrote the textbook on real estate fundamentals (Washington and California) used as the basis for state real estate licensing for both agents and brokers to date. Rockwell has been both an innovator and the first firm to develop sophisticated online computer
    courseware to complement Institute in-class based teaching and preparation testing. The company also publishes and conducts classes in real estate financing and appraisal. Rockwell wrote the book.

    Activities: Completed an additional 120 hours (then) of classroom based coursework required under Washington state real estate licensing law to be licensed as a MANAGING BROKER. The title "Managing Broker" is a separate real estate license that is ALSO required of any BROKER to become a DESIGNATED or OWNER BROKER (e.g., directs the activities of other agents in a specific brokerage) -- although there are some who chose not to also serve in that capacity.
    Rockwell Website: http://www.rockwellinstitute.com
    Rockwell Publishing: http://www.rockwellpublishing.com

    6. Windermere Real Estate

    Seattle, Washington

    Graduate: Pre-License Supplemental Course Work


    Supplemental Education: After completing the initial 30-hour real estate licensing course work at Rockwell Institute (below), I also chose (optional) to complete an additional 60 hours of coursework through the Windermere Pro Start Development Program prior to taking / passing the Washington State license exam -- and then beginning my real estate practice.

    Activities: CREDENTIALS (see above): Specialized real estate education (beyond licensing -- optional) additional coursework / fees , testing, documented sales & performance records.



    5. Rockwell Institute

    Bellevue, WA

    Graduate: Real Estate -- Washington State Real Estate License

    1999 - 1999


    Qualified Educational Program: Rockwell Institute wrote the book on real estate licensing and is recognized as the premier real estate educational training provider (classroom & online) in Washington State. All of my classwork was completed in the classroom. Rockwell wrote the book.


    Activities: Completed 30 hours of coursework required under Washington state real estate licensing law to become a sales agent (now called a "Broker").

    Specialized Leadership Development Training

    Managerial Leadership Program


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    4. Dale Carnegie Leadership Course ®

    Denver, Colorado

    Graduate: Leadership & Marketing, 4.2 Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)


    Activities: Extensive in-class course on Organizational Direction and Development





    High School |||| College |||| Graduate School


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    USM Campus Tour

    3. University of Southern Mississippi

    Hattiesburg, MS

    Graduate: MBA -- Masters Degree in Business Administration

    Emphasis in Management

    1977 - 1979

    While attending USM graduate school of business, I worked 30+ hours per week at Forrest General Hospital for Administration on special projects (e.g., mobile supply cart logistics, operating room orthopedic implant device inventory control system, uncompensated care collections, microfilm management information system, and patient discharge release program)


    Simultaneously, I also became involved in providing consulting services to local private practice groups. And, after earning my MBA in 1979, I formally set up a management consulting and computing services company dedicated to medical practice billing and services for physician groups state-wide.


    Click on photo / image on the left to see a 4:30 minute USM campus tour.

    Mini Hamline Campus Tour

    2. Hamline University

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    Graduate: History & Political Science, BA / Pre Law

    1960 - 1964

    MAJORS: I earned a double major in both history and political science with the initial intent of going on to night law school.


    Extracurricular: Debate & extemporaneous speaking, intramural sports (football & basketball) and chess club.


    Team Sports: Played 1 year on hockey team and 4 years on the Hamline men's #1 tennis team.


    WORK during education journey: I worked every summer through college -- 3 factory jobs and 3 years at Hamline during the school year washing dishes (to pay for my college education).

    Actions: Hamline Tennis Team, MIAC Conference Tennis Champions 2 of 4 years:

    • 3rd = 1961
    • 1st = 1962 = MIAC Conference Champions
    • 2nd = 1963
    • 1st = 1964 = MIAC Conference Champions

    Click on photo / image on the left to see a mini (1:51 minute) campus tour.

    About Worthington, Minnesota

    1. Worthington High School

    Worthington, MN

    Graduate: Pre-College Admission

    1957 - 1960

    CURRICULUM: Pre-college - National Honor Society |||| 4 years = Debate - took 6th in State senior year; 4 years + Declam (extemporaneous speaking & group facilitation); 4 years = National Forensic League; 1 year = football; 3 years = basketball; 4 years = tennis (#1 player senior year); 3 years = Chess Club; 2 years = radio club; 2 years = class play; Senior Year Participant = Minnesota Youth In Government Program (i.e., Model Assembly representing the state legislative system) and YMCA group trip to Washington DC (government involvement program).,

    Activities: Football (1), Basketball (2), Tennis Team (4), Debate and Declamation (4), NFL / National Forensic League (4), International Relations Club (3), Chess Club (3), Trojanaires Pep Club (3), Theater / Class Play (2), Radio Club (2), Band (5th grade through 10th); Sang in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir (7th through 10th) |||| Cub Scout and Boy Scout.


    WORK during education journey: I worked every summer from 8th grade until graduation (e.g., corn detastling & corn shelling, lawn mowing, paper route, grocery store bagging and stock work, Green Giant corn and pea pack, building construction and sewer & road construction.


    Click on photo / image on the left to see a 4:19 minute community tour.

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    1. NSDA / NFL Honorary Member, Worthington, Minnesota

    • NFL / National Forensic League -- now NSDA / National Speach & Debate Association
    • The oldest (founded in 1925) and largest high school speech and debate honor society in the world
    • 1957 to 1960 / 4 years -- earned over 1,000 NFL points (point system has subsequently been revised & refined)
    • 9th thru 11th = Excellent rating average  II 12th grade = Superior rating average 
    • Minnesota Debate Team Championships (by grade):  District -- 11th and 12th  II  Region -- 12th II                                           State Debate Tournament -- 12th grade (6th place)

    2. Hamline University Tennis Team, ST Paul, MN

    MIAC Conference (founded 1920), Division III, NCAA, Minnesota

    • First Team Time Period: 1960-1964 II Tennis Coach: Benjamin Lewis, Ph.D., inducted into Hamline's Athletic Hall of Fame    (posthumously in 2016)
    • Participating Colleges: Carleton, Concordia, Gustavus, Hamline, Macalester, Saint John's, St. Olaf, St. Thomas, and Augsburg

    3. Hamline University Tennis Team, ST Paul, Minnesota

    MIAC Conference Championship--Team Trophy: 1962 and 1964

    Conference Ranking: 1961 = 3rd II 1962 = 1st II 1963 = 2nd II 1964 = 1st (graduated) II 1965 = 1st

    • From 1920 to date (2018), Hamline has won 3 MIAC conference championship tennis titles:  1962 and 1964. and a 3rd in 1965.
    • Note:  The winning 1965 team again consisted of 3 of 1963-1964's original first team players plus 3 -- 2nd team players from 1963-1964
    • 17 tennis players from the 1960-1965 teams facilitated the induction of their coach, Ben Lewis, Ph.D. (posthumously), into Hamline's Athletic Hall of Fame (2016)

    4. MMGMA Founding Member --1974, Jackson, Misissippi

    Mississippi Medical Group Management Association

    • As of 2018, membership exceeded 370 members (managers, administrators, and CEO's of single and multi-specialty medical groups)
    • Most groups are also members of Medical Group Management Association (the national association in Denver, Colorado)

    5. MGMA Honorary Life Member, Denver, Colorado

    ....of "Distinguished" standing

    • 29-year member (1969 to 1998) of Medical Group Management Association
    • CMPE:  Certified Medical Practice Executive of the ACMPE / American College of Medical Practice Executives
    • Lifetime Member-- different Group Practice Titles:  Assistant Executive Director,  Administrator, and CEO (3 medical groups)
    • Active Member of both the Minnesota and National MGMA Procedures Committee (1970 to 1977)
    • Author:  1974, 54 page, MGMA  publication: The Superbill, a Standard Billing and / or Insurance Claim System

    Note: The "Superbill" introduced one-bill, provider-initiated, diagnostic & service coding (ICDA + CRVS, later CPT) with a standard service format for billing patients and all 3rd parties (the insurance industry), a fee-for-service concept that became the standard in the U.S. (to this day).

    6. Broker Acknowledgement Award, Everett, Washington

    • Presented at the annual awards event, SCCAR II Snohomish County -- Camano Association of Realtors
    • Windermere Real Estate / GH LLC (sponsored) II For services to the Association and to and on behalf of the brokerage
  • ConneCtions

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    For Hope & Sustainability |||| Healthcare Management |||| Aviation Interests

    Real Estate Memberships and Certifications

    Real Estate Licenses, Memberships & Certifications

    Current / Paid Certifications

    Two Washington State Licenses:

    (1) Broker (agent)

    (2) Managing Broker


    Real Estate Associations

    -- NAR | National Association of Realtors

    -- WR | Washington Realtors

    -- SCCAR | Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors

    -- WCR | Women's Council of Realtors (Greater Snohomish)

    NAR Certifications (Chicago, IL)

    -- CRS | Certified Residential Specialist®

    -- GRI | Graduate Realtor Inststitute®

    -- ABR | Accredited Buyer's Representative®

    -- SRES | Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

    -- GREEN | NAR Green Designation®

    -- e-PRO | Internet Tecnology Certification®


    Courses / Certifications conducted & granted by outside firms:

    -- CLHMS | Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist®

    .......................ILHM / Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (Dallas, TX)

    -- MCNE | Master Cderftified Negotiation Experet®

    ......................RENI / Real Estate Negotiation Institute (Peoria, AZ)

    Donations & Contrabutions

    Charitable Contributions and Alumni Associations


    -- The Salvation Army

    -- Windermere Foundation

    -- American Cancer Society

    -- YMCA of Snohomish County

    -- Childhood Lukemia Foundation

    -- Gold Creek Community Church

    -- Washington Council for the Blind

    -- Everett Food Bank--Snohomish County

    ....Camano Association of Realtors

    -- Mukilteo Food Bank--Windermere Annual Drive
    -- Washington State Law Enforcement Association

    -- Washington State Firefighters Training & Education Fund

    -- Hamline University Annual Fund + The Piper Athletic Association

    -- University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association Foundation

    Medical Practice Management -- About Medical Group Management Association




    State & National

    Current Memberships

    -- Medical Group Practice Association

    ...Honorary Life Member ("Distinguished")

    Past Memberships

    -- AGPA now AMGA (American Medical Group Associaton)

    -- MGMA/Medical Group Management Association-National (29 years)

    -- MGMA -- OPA / Orthopedic Practice Assembly (national)

    -- Medical Group Managment Association -- Iowa (MGMAI)

    -- Iowa Bones (IAOE / Iowa Association of Orthopedic Executives)

    -- Medical Group Management Association -- Colorado (MGMAC)

    -- Colorado CHMIS / Community Health Management Information

    .. System (Aurora, CO)

    -- Medical Group Management Association -- Washington (MGMAWA)

    -- Medical Group Management Association -- Mississippi (MGMAM)

    -- Medical Group Management Association -- Minnesota (MMGMAM)


    Click on photo (graphic) above to hear ABOUT Medical Group Management Association

    Aviation Geek Wannabe

    My Hobby

    Membership / Airplanes


    Like-minded individuals who have a love for ..... planes / aircraft


    - Future of Flight (member #003) || Location: 8415 Paine Field Blvd, Mukilteo, WA 98275 -- at the very edge of Everett's Paine Field, the main runway servicing Boeing's widebody assembly plant (747-8, 767, 777, 787 and the KC-46A Pegasus Tanker)


    HISTORY: The Future of Flight Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, opened the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour on December 17, 2005. In December of 2015, the nonprofit

    re-branded changing its business name to the Institute of Flight to better clarify its role and mission (e.g., stewardship of an active and healthy culture of philanthropy, education, events, Aviation Center exhibits, and financial assistance -- for needy schools and non-profits, key areas of impact).

    The Institute of Flight is in partnership with The Boeing Company and Snohomish County and is partially funded by the Snohomish County Public Facilities District. The Institute of Flight is governed by a Board of Directors of up to 36 members, with representation from The Boeing Company and Snohomish County.


    Click on photo (graphic) above to go to the Future of Flight website.

  • My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    HISTORY -- Paine Field -- History 

    PART I

    By Bruce McKinnon
    Click on this link to hear a little airplane noise:


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    Boeing new 777 Wing Plant Expansion

    Background to Paine Field Development

    Two World Wars | Historical Perspective

    History of Paine Field, Everett, Washington -- Part 1

    INTRODUCTION: In order to understand the actions and timing behind the creation of a military base at Paine field, a brief look at what lead-up to WWII is in order.


    WWI Intro: The decision of German leaders to support Austria and go to war in 1914 was a big gamble. Bur realistically, they believed they could only win if they got a swift victory. This belief seemed plausible until they became involved in war with France, the British and Russian Empires – then the U.S.


    Post WWI Germany


    1918 to 1929: Following a 4-year bloody WWI, the Germans surrendered November 11, 1918. But they did not anticipate the harsh terms doled out by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Many had thought the war would just end and material consequences would not be bad. But Germany had also made the mistake of borrowing money to fund the war as opposed to the French, who funded their effort by both borrowing and by raising their income tax. But borrowing put Germany in the hands of the moneylenders and war profiteers who ended up controlling the outcome of the war.


    The post WWI Versailles Treaty dictated a future in which Germany was deprived of any significant military power, their territory was reduced by 13%, and they were forced to accept full responsibility for starting the war for which they paid heavy reparations. Citizens faced poor economic conditions, skyrocketing unemployment, political instability, and profound social change. Thousands of Germans waited in lines for work and food in the early 1920s. Middle class savings were wiped out as severe inflation created a worthless currency.


    Adolf Hitler and the Nazis Party: Adolf Hitler (4-20-1889 to 4-30-1945) had been a pre-war aimless drifter and artist. But he was also a 30-year old WWI army corporal (awarded the Iron Cross for bravery). He felt, like many, that his country had been “stabbed in the back”—betrayed by subversives at home and by a government that had accepted the armistice. In fact, the German military had quietly sought an end to the war it could no longer win in 1918. “It cannot be that two million Germans should have fallen in vain,” Adolf Hitler later wrote. “We demand vengeance!”


    Political Evangelist: Hitler had become the undisputed leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party—known as Nazis—since that movements inception in 1921. In 1923, he was even imprisoned for trying to overthrow the government,. But his trial (and 5-year sentence – of which he only served 6 months) only brought him fame and followers.


    Hitler used his jail time to convey his political ideas in his book entitled Mein Kampf (My Struggle), volume 1 published 7-18-1925 (Volume II was published in 1927). Book sales hit 9,473 in 1925. In 1933, a million copies were sold, 5.2 million by 1939 and 10 million by 1945. In summary, Hitler believed that the responsibility for all the world’s problems (as well as German’s defeat in WWI) related directly to democracy, Communism, and internationalism. And, that Judaism was the German nation's true enemy. He argued that Jewish people had no culture of their own and only perverted others. On the other hand, the German people were of the highest racial purity and those destined to be the master race. To maintain purity, it was necessary to avoid intermarriage with subhuman races (e.g., Jewish, Polish & Slavic peoples).


    Impact of the Depression: German Economic conditions stabilized for a few years only to be thwarted by a worldwide depression following the stock market crash of 1929. The German banking system collapsed, and unemployment skyrocketed to 22% by 1930. In a country plagued by joblessness, embittered by loss of territory, and demoralized by ineffective government, political demonstrations often turned violent (99 people were killed in the streets in one month in 1932). Right–wing propaganda and demonstrations played on fears of a Communist revolution spreading from the Soviet Union.


    1933-1939 -- Hitler rises to power and the lead-up to WWII: Adolf Hitler was not elected to office nor did he have to seize power. He was offered a deal. The old war hero, German President Paul von Hindenburg, invited Hitler to serve as Chancellor (January 30, 1933) in a coalition government, in an effort to secure cooperation among political factions. In office, Hitler set about consolidating his power, appointing Nazis to government and gaining control of emergency powers. After President van Hindenburg’s death (8-2-1934), Hitler assumed the twin titles of “Fuhrer” (“The Leader”) and Chancellor -- his power secured.


    The new government’s first targets were political opponents. Under the emergency decree, they could be terrorized, beaten and held indefinitely. Leaders of trade unions and opposition parties were arrested. German authorities sent thousands, including leftist members of Parliament, to newly established concentration camps. Despite Nazi terror and brutal suppression of their opponents, many German citizens accepted or actively supported these extreme measures -- in favor of order and security.


    USA -- WWII Chronology: The Neutrality Acts (1935, 1936, 1937) were passed by the US Congress in the 1930s, in response to the growing turmoil in Europe and Asia that eventually led to World War II. These political acts were spurred by the growth in isolationism and non-interventionism in the US -- following its costly involvement in World War I. Such acts sought to ensure that the US would not become entangled in another foreign conflict.


    In March 1939, after Nazi Germany had invaded Czechoslovakia, Roosevelt lobbied Congress to have the cash-and-carry provision renewed. He was rebuffed. However, the US neutrality policy basically ended with the passage of the Lend-Lease Act of March 1941, allowing the U.S. to sell, lend or give war materials to nations the US administration wanted to support. The rest is history.

    • 03-15-1939:  Germany completes occupation of Czechoslovakia
    • 09-01-1939:  Germany Invades Poland
    • 09-03-1939:  Britain and France declare War on Germany
    • 05-26-1940:  Roosevelt’s fireside chat supporting allies (below)*
    • 03-11-1941:  Lend Lease Act allows war supplies to go to allies
    • 12-08-1941:  Japan bombs Pearl Harbor
    • 12-11-1941:  US declares War on Japan & Germany
    • 06-05-1942:  US declares War on Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania

    *On Sunday evening, May 26, 1940 (radio fireside chat), President Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed his decision to vastly increase the nation's military preparedness (which explains many actions at Paine Field prior to the US declared war -- WWII). It was time to "proclaim certain truths," the president said. Military and naval victories for the "gods of force and hate" would endanger all democracies in the western world. In this time of crisis, America could no longer pretend to be "a lone island in a world of force."


    Roosevelt then noted that the US was pursuing two courses of action:

    (1) extending to the democratic Allies all the material resources of our nation, and (2) speeding up war production at home so that America would have the equipment and manpower "equal to the task of any emergency and every defense." There would be no slowdowns and no detours. Everything called for speed, "full speed ahead!" 


    Sources: https://www.ushmm.org/ || https://www.theatlantic.com/ || Google || https://www.quora.com || http://www.historyplace.com/


    SUMMARY: Germany’s WWI military capacity had proven dependent upon the ability to feed, arm, and train more troops. On one hand, a soldiers training had proven to be a great asset in battle. On the other hand, it was also argued that British blockades may have starved the country into submission


    For many, these historical observations proved to be a lesson for the US involvement in WWII and might explain the speed by which Paine Field played their eventual role in the war effort. Now to Paine Field.


    1959 Air Force Reserve Story out of Paine Field

    Paine Field History

    Photos & Commentary

    History of Paine Field, Everett, Washington -- Part 2

    Legislative Origin of Paine Field: The WWI war effort demonstrated the need for airplanes and airports. The Air Commerce act of 1926 provided funding for construction. But, it was the fall of the stock market in 1929 (and the depression that followed) that first prompted the passage of FERA, the Federal Emergency Relief Act (1933) that put 70,000 men to work in

    700 different locations -- improving and building airports between 1933-1935.

    Then, on May 6, 1935, with the passage of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Works Progress Administration (WPA, May 1935 to June 1943), an ambitious employment and infrastructure program was created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the bleakest years

    of the Great Depression. Over its eight years of existence, the WPA put roughly 8.5 million Americans to work, many on new airport projects.


    Why Everett: In 1935, Elliott Merrill (1901-1992), a flight instructor and pioneer aviator, was flying George Pope (owner of Pope & Talbot / Puget Mill Company) over land his company owned in South Everett. Popes firm started in 1852 in San Francisco and had a branch in Port Gamble. Knowing the area, Merrill suggested that a north to south runway in this relatively low fog area -- free of people, telephone poles, high tension wires, and other hazards -- would be perfect for an airport. He suggested that Pope might be eligible for WPA funding. Pope applied. In October 1935, officials in the aeronautics branch of the Department of Commerce chose 160 acres located just 7.7 miles south of Everett for an airport. Thus Paine Field became a product of the WPA depression created program. Many were lead to believe that that this project was scheduled to become one of 10 new "Super Airports".


    September 10, 1936: Construction started with the clearing of 115 acres

    of trees on a $240,000 appropriated WPA project. But final approval of this so called "super airport" was delayed until the airfield was completed in 1938.  Once completed, it was later determined that the new airfield was NOT on the Washington DC government list for a "super airport".


    WWII: By the spring of 1941, the first Army Air Corps contingent arrived

    at Paine Field to develop a military base -- one that would support the nearby Bremerton shipyards and the Boeing plant and airfield -- in Seattle which -- housed / built B-17 and B-29 Bombers.


    Airport Name: The airport was renamed Paine Field in honor of a WWI Air Corps pilot and Air Mail Service flyer from Everett, Washington, Topliff Olin Paine (1893-1922). Topliff was born in Ohio, moved to Everett at age 10, graduated from Everett High School (1911), attended UW (2 years),then worked for the US Forest Service several years. He enlisted in the Army (WWI), took flight training at March Field in California, was commissioned

    a second lieutenant, discharged from the army, and then flew for several commercial concerns. He was appointed to fly for the experimental Air Mail Service -- where he had several narrow flying escapes delivering the mail in bad weather. Tragically, he died the day after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while cleaning his gun (used for security), April 30th, 1922 .


    The Air Corps stay at Paine Field lasted from 1941 to 1946. Some personnel did remain on site until 1948. During the period from 1941 to 1946, the military improved runways, installed and improved lighting, constructed more buildings, and added concrete aprons to the runways and fueling capabilities for patrolling B-26s and fighter jets. The airport was re-named Paine Air Force Base. In a Shared Use Agreement, the county rented to a number of private businesses including Alaska Airlines while the military operated the Control Tower (2nd photo).


    WWII changed everything. Military needs limited civilian access to Seattle's Boeing Field and Tacoma's McChord Field. The federal Civilian Aviation Authority sought a local government to undertake development of a new regional airport. The Port of Seattle accepted the challenge and Initial construction on a new "Super Airport", the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, was completed in October 1944. Sea-Tac is now the 28th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. This action officially left Paine Field out of the "Super Airport" category and permanently in the "regional airport" category -- forever.


    1946-1950: With the end of WWII August 15, 1945, the Snohomish County Airport Commission was formed. The Commission was Chaired

    by Bob Gest, Publisher of the Everett Harold. His Advisory board consisted of Dave Helms, Bob White, Ken Killen and Don Bakken. The Board of Snohomish County Commissioners contacted the US Army of Engineers January 26, 1946 and made the following proposal: "It is hereby requested that temporary possession of the entire airport, known as Paine Field, including buildings, operating equipment, facilities and utilities be granted

    to Snohomish County under a temporary permit pending a final return of disposal of the Entire airport." Military presence at Paine Field dissipated and the keys to the airport were soon turned over to the County, which quickly began to expand their activities.


    George Arthur Forbes (1916-1969) was appointed manager (1948-1960), see end photo. Forbes was to oversee plans for business expansion (e.g., hangers for lease) and a terminal facility (constructed in 1949, now the home of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection) to run regularly scheduled commercial flights (e.g., Alaska Airlines).


    Full civilian operation of Paine Field starting after the dedication of a modern terminal building on July 9, 1949.


    Korean War: The Cold War and the Korean War (beginning June 25th, 1950, ending July 27th 1953) ended the county control of the airport. Once again, the air force took control of the airport. From 1951–1968 the airport operated under JOINT military and civilian control.


    Seattle's King TV created this 14:30 minute video June 30, 1959 they called the "Success Story" which was shot at Paine Field and aired live on the local station. It featured a mock scramble by F-89's of the 17th Aerial Port Squadron and a bundle drop exercise by C-119's of the 97th Troop Carrier Squadron, an Air Force Reserve unit.


    Click on photo to the right to hear 1959 air force reserve video.


    Paine AFB / Paine Field had also been under consideration in the 1960s by the U.S. Army Air Defense Command as one of several sites for the Sentinel Anti-Ballistic Missile System due to its central location to several other major military bases and defense industries in the Puget Sound Region. That program was eventually dropped in favor of the more limited Safeguard system.


    The 57th Fighter Group phased down operations with the departure of the interceptors and was inactivated in place on September 30, 1968. Paine AFB was deactivated the same date and the facility was returned to full civilian control as Paine Field / Snohomish County Airport.


    On July 25, 1966, Boeing announced that it would build the Boeing 747 at a new facility (to be constructed), a jet airliner capable of carrying nearly twice as many passengers as previous models. The 747 made its first flight at Paine Field on February 9, 1969.


    Tank Farm / New Ferry Terminal: On February 24, 1997, the Army Corps of Engineers issued an order to tear down the 10 massive military fuel-storage tanks next to the ferry dock and Lighthouse Park. The most well-known plans (2013) for the property involve construction of a new $140 million ferry terminal to replace the then 61 year old aging dock once used by shipping for docking and fuel allocation to the tank farm storage bins (for jet aircraft fuel). Work on the terminal could began in 2017 and could be finished in late 2019, depending on funding,


    Click here on LINK to listen to KIRO 7 TV 2:01 minute video on the new multimodal WSDOT Ferry Terminal Project (relocation of old ferry dock and waterfront construction program): https://youtu.be/tKLOJ_LwK_g


    Photo Acknowledgement: All photos and documentation referenced were taken from the book by Steve K. Bertrand entitled Images of Aviation-Paine Field, Arcadia Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4671-3142-1


    Boeing new 777 Wing Plant Expansion

    Paine Field History

    Mukilteo Waterfront / Korean War

    Air Force Tank Farm / Jet Fuel Storage Facility

    History of Paine Field, Everett, Washington -- Part 3

    INTRODUCTION: As stated previously, the large commercial "super airport" speculated to take place in the future when Paine Field was first built in the 1930's, failed to develop due to a series of events (below):

    1. World War II (1941-1946)
    2. Sea-Tac Airport (built in 1944)
    3. Cold War with Russia (1947-1991)
    4. Korean War (1950-1953)
    5. Vietnamese War (1947-1975)
    6. Naval Station Everett (built 1984-1994, operational to date) 

    WWII: With the start of the war, there was a need to protect the Bremerton Shipyards and the Boeing plant and airfield in Seattle, which produced the B-17 and B-29 bombers. As early as the Spring of 1941, The Army Air Corps was called in to occupy Paine Field (1941 to 1946) which then only had two paved runways in the common cross-section pattern, set off at different angles to take advantage of the most favorable winds.

    Sea-Tac: The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was built in 1944. The location was closer (then) Boeing Field (where Boeing built most of the WWII planes) to the north and McChord Air Force base to the South -- the center of the states major population base.

    In the meantime, the Army Air Corps made improvements to Paine Field Airbase which really helped the local region economically even though most of the commercial air traffic came to a halt during the war. Starting in 1946, the airbase began to be converted to public facility under Snohomish County supervision (final transfer of property completed in 1948).

    Cold War: Once again, before Snohomish County could really start planning for the continued development of a "super airport," the U.S. first became involved in the start of the Cold War (and the arms race that started with the Russians in 1947).


    Korean War: With the start of the Korean war in 1950, the military Pacific Northwest defense installations were reviewed by the defence department.

    it was decided that a military presence at Paine Field was of strategic necessity given Seattle's west coast presence. In 1951, a United States Air Force Aerospace Defense command unit was stationed at Paine Field and the airport name was officially changed to Paine Air Force Base.


    Vietnam War: The start of the Vietnam War in 1955 combined with the Cold War (and talk of a missile site at Paine Field) basically eliminated a major commercial airport presence at Paine Field forever.


    NAVSTA Everett: In the early 1980s, Congress approved the strategic homeporting initiative to build additional naval bases and disperse the fleet from the main concentration areas. The construction of a naval training base and the stationing of 1 of 10 nuclear powered aircraft carriers (3,100 sailors, about 6,000 total at the naval base) and support ships (5 destroyers and 2 Coast Guard ships) in the Port of Everett sealed the deal once and for all -- no "Super Airport" in Everett. Since the aircraft (Carrier Wing 11) that accompany the carrier are stationed in Lemoore, CA., the potential support of an air wing at Paine to protect the carrier could be imperative.


    Photos on the right ......................


    Photos 1 & 2: Pictured is the ferry dock (started in 1919) and lighthouse (built in 1906) at the north point of everett right on the waterfront which has gone through major renovations over the years.


    Photos 3 & 4: With the advent of the Cold War (1947-91), Korean War (1951-1953), and the War in Vietnam (1955-1975) -- coupled with the possibility for the need of a missle base -- PLUS Army Air Corps fighter squadrons to be stationed at Paine Field, a fuel support system was deemed critical. West coast protection was required. Thus the air force built 10 fuel tanks and a pier on the Mukilteo waterfront (tank farm) to supply jet fuel for the fighter squadrons stationed at Paine Field.


    Photo 5 & 6: The TANK FARM was active from 1953 to 1989 when the system was shut down (tanks removed in 1989). However, the concrete bases were left in tact and clean-up delayed until 2015. This was an eye-sore on prime Mukilteo waterfront property for 26 years. During this time, the Air Force, Port of Everett, city of Mukilteo, and the federal government hashed out WHO would pay for final clean up and a total redo of the waterfront.


    9 Step Waterfront Development: To really complement tank farm clean-up and re-capture the waterfront, (1) A nearby middle school, built in 1928 with tons of emotional attachment for many older Mukilteo residents, needed to

    be torn down and replaced with a new Community Center, (2) Boeing needed to build a new shipping dock north & east of the tank farm to handle shipments of 777 airplane parts from Japan, (3) Mukilteo Lighthouse Park went through a 5 phase remodel, (4) Sound Transit took two phases to construct a commuter train station over the railroad tracks that line Puget Sound along its eastern border, (5) the tank farm and pier had to be purchased from the air force and then removed in order to (6) make way

    for the relocation of a new ferry dock, station and parking facilities, (7) land in Japanese Gulch needed to be purchased from private parties and a trail system and dog park developed, (8) a new road through Japanese gulch needed to be built to remove backed-up ferry lines (?) from an existing highway, and (9) construction projects stirred up artifacts from when Native Americans were once the sole occupants of the area. Each step was contested / political. It was a 20+ year, multiple piece project that was highly complicated, expensive, and at times seemingly hopeless. The totally remodeled waterfront is scheduled to open in 2021. An impressive asset.

    Boeing History

    Paine Field Airport Directors

    Aerial Photos

    History of Paine Field, Everett, Washington -- Part 4

    Aerial Photo Acknowledgements: (1) Photo taken from the book by Steve K. Bertrand entitled Images of Aviation-Paine Field, Arcadia Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4671-3142-1 (2) Top -- Wikimedia commons, Paine Field, August 1999 photo -- looking north / northeast along the main runway toward the Puget Sound, (3) a December 9, 2016 photo form the Paine field Blog of Matt Cawby -- looking over the Boeing flight line northwest toward Whidbey Island and Puget Sound, and (4) Article and photo in Airport Journals dated 8-1-2007 by Terry Stephens.


    .Populations / Wikipedia



    ..30,224....1940.........300. ??





    110,000....2018... 22,000


    Paine Field Airport Directors (see Bio's below)


    1. 1948 to 1960 George Forbes 
    2. 1960 to 1980 George Petrie
    3. 1980 to 1992 Don Bakken
    4. 1992 to 2014 Dave Waggoner
    5. 2014 to Present Arif Ghouse
    5. Arif Rizwan Ghouse (Nausheena) (2014 to Date)
    --2014 to Date: Airport Director, Paine Field
    --2000 to 2014: Port of Seattle / Sea Tac International Airport (Seattle)

    (1) Security Operations Department Head

    (2) Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness, and

    (3) Airport Duty Manager

    --1994 to 2000: George Bush International Airport (Houston, TX)

    (1) Airport Security Coordinator

    (2) Airport Operations Supervisor

    (3) Airport Operations Specialist

    --1992 to 1994: BAA / British Airport Authority / British Airways

    ...Heathrow Airport (London, England)

    (1) Assistant Manager, Airfield Operations

    (2) Airport Operations Graduate Trainee

    (3) British Airways Intern

    --Education / Fellowships

    (1) FRAeS / Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society

    (2) BS / Masters-Air Transport Management, College of Aeronautics, ......Cranfield University, England

    (3) BA / business Administration, University of Westminster, London

    4. David Thomas "Dave" Waggoner (Paula Jo / PJ)
    (1992 to 2014)
    --1992 to 2014: Airport Director, Paine Field
    (1) 650 based airplanes

    (2) 50+ staff

    (3) $20 million budget / facilitated $85 million in capital improvements

    --1966 to 1992: 26 Year Naval Veteran (Captain, retired)

    (1) Commander, NAS Whidbey Island (Whidbey Is, WA)

    (2) Controller, Naval Air forces Pacific ($1.5 billion budget)

    (3) Commanding Officer, Attack Squadron 52 (Night Riders)

    (4) Operations Officer, USS Carl Vinson CVN-70

    (5) Multiple Combat Tours - South East Asia

    .....(A) Flew A-6 Intruder (day/night - off carrier)

    .....(B) Instructor Pilot

    -- Paine Field Airport Management Honors

    (1) 1997 & 2005 Chosen Airport of the year by the FAA

    (2) 2013 Washington State Airport Executive of the Year


    (1) Royal Naval Staff College

    (2) Naval Flight School

    (3) BS / Masters–Finance, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

    (4) BA / International Administration, University of Washington, Seattle


    (1) Born: 1944, Dark Ridge, IL


    3. Donald Lewis "Don" Bakken (Betty) (1980 to 1992)
    Interviewed 3 hours: 4-28-2018 in Mt Vernon
    --Airport Director, Paine Field

    (1) 1972-1980: Superintendent of Operations

    (2) $ 30 Million in capital improvements

    (3) Facitlitated sponsorship of Washington State International Air Show

    --23 Years: Steel fabricating company, Lynnwood, WA

    (1) Served on Snohomish County Airport Commission

    (2) Charter Member, Rotary Club, Lynnwood, WA

    --Education / Military

    (1) US Army - Spotter Pilot

    (2) BS / Industrial Management, University of Washington, Seattle

    (3) Ages 14-17 Flying Lessons


    (1) Born: 1927, Alderwood Manor, WA

    2. George Cecil Petrie (Thelma) (1960 to 1980)

    --Airport Director, Paine Field

    (1) Post Korean War Airport development

    (2) Facilitation / Guidance – Boeing Assembly Plant development

    (3) Developed plan for commercial flights

    (4) Commercial development / expansion

    --Naval Reserves (1955 to 1969, Commander, Retired)

    (1) Fighter Squadron Executive Officer

    (2) Air Crew Training Unit

    --WW II (US Navy, LT)

    (1) Seaplane Pilot

    (2) Aircraft Carrier Fighter Pilot

    --Education (Pre & Post WWII)

    (1) Pre / Northern Montana College (Montana State), Havre, MO

    (2) Pre / University of Montana, Missoula, MO

    (3) Post / BA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

    --Birth / Death (retired at age 61)

    (1) Born: 10-15-1919, Kremlin, Montana

    (2) Died: 10-02-2016 at age 96, Everett, WA (

    Obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldnet/obituary.aspx?n=george-c-petrie&pid=182010886&fhid=11420


    1. George Arthur Forbes (1948 to 1960)
    --1948-1960: Airport Director, Paine Field
    (1) Commercial Development (private businesses on campus)
    (2) Civilian hanger development and leases
    (3) Substantial Terminal Construction
    (4) Regularly scheduled commercial flights
    --Military / US Navy
    ....--1945 to 1954 Reserves
    ....--1941 to 1945 WW II
    .......(1) Commander
    .......(2) LT JG
    --1936-1941: Business -- advertising executive
    (1) BA, Fresno State University (1936, Fresno, CA)
    --Birth / Death
    (1) Born: 1916, Casper, WY
    (2) Died: 1969 (age 53), Los Angeles, CA
    Paine Field Airport Diagram

    Paine Field / AvGeek Paradise

    Airport Diagram -- 5 Public Services

    Mini-History (Military Base) and Boeing: The airport served as an army base during WWII and an airbase during the Korean and cold wars. Boeing built their first section of the current assembly plant in 1967 and the 747, the first plane produced at this plant, took it's first test flight 2-9-1969.


    The Business End of Paine Field: Here is a list of what is available at the airport:

    • 4 flight schools
    • 456 enclosed, general aviation hangers (326 leased -- 6 month wait)
    • 130 condo hangers
    • 550 airport based aircraft (473 = single engine, 41 = multi engine, 11 = jets, 4 helicopters and 1 glider)
    • 180 foot FAA-operated control tower (7 AM and 9 PM)
    • 291 = average flights / day (1-1-2018)

    AvGeek Paradise: Obviously influenced by the presence of the Boeing Assembly Plant. the airport has also become the home of 5 key (and delightful) public services.

    1. The Future of Flight, now the Institute of Flight (re-branded)
    2. The Historical Flight Foundation (John Sessions)
    3. The Flying Heritage Museum and (Paul Allen, deceased, 2018)
    4. The Museum of Flight Restoration Center
    5. Commercial Airline Service & Terminal (Built and managed by Propeller Airports (30 year lease) with service provided by Alaska (March 4th) and United March 31st) Airlines -- start year 2019) 
    Click on photo on right to go directly to Paine Field website.

    Paine Field / AvGeek Paradise

    Airport Diagram -- 5 Public Services

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    Commercial Airline Service

    at Paine Field 

    PART Ii

    New York Based Propeller Airports Paine Field, LLC

    Terminal builder, Lessee and Manager

    A. Paine Field Commercial Air Service

    Start Year: 2018

    Design by Fentress Architectects


    Contract: March 2016 agreement between Snohomish County and Propeller AIrports, LLC of New York, an aeronautical investment firm, grants Propeller a 30 year lease to finance, design, build and manage the 2-gate airport terminal -- income to the lessee to be derived from parking rental and airline gate / service rental. After 30 years, the terminal will become the sole property of Snohomish County (contract extension options are available).


    Fentress Architects: A Denver based (since 1980) architectural firm selected for the Paine Field project. Well known projects include:

    • Denver International Airport
    • LA International Airport
    • Sacramento International Airport
    • Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea
    • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Photo / Rendering Credits

    (1) Fentress Architects using Google earth photo with Airport terminal design overlays and (2) 4-29-2016 article appearing in the Daily Journal of Commerce, rendering provided by Propeller AIrports as a courtesy.

    B. Paine Field Commercial Service 2018

    Paine Field Location & Terminal Design


    Brief History of Commercial Service: In 1985, Snohomish County Commissioners proposed a plan to add commercial airline service to Paine Field in south Everett. It was essentially voted down by local citizen groups. For the next 30 years, various feasibility studies were conducted and proposals considered.


    The outcome was inevitable -- its the law. The airport had taken federal funds for development (e.g., runways, control tower) numerous times during both WW II and the Korean War and military bases resided at the regional airport at different times. It was therefore not a local issue to be decided. But it also seemed that a commitment from a reputable airline service and funds for a passenger terminal were always incomplete. A major problem.


    FAA 2012 Approval / 2015 legal issues: The FAA completed a series of feasibility studies (environmental) and approved commercial service (24 departures per day total). While a solid proposal for service and financing a terminal was later submitted in 2015, several local groups challenged the decision to move forward in the courts.


    Federal Appeals Court: First, a lawsuit was filed in the Ninth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a Snohomish County derision (the airport owner) to approve a lease to a firm that would pay for and, and in return, be granted a 30-year lease on the terminal. The Appeals Court ruled against the groups in 2016.


    Washington State Supreme Court: In one last attempt, the groups appealed their case to the state Supreme Court, but it was rejected June 27, 2017. Construction on the terminal stared immediately -- grand opening scheduled initially for September 2018, but extended to March 2019 by a legal case and a U.S. government shut-down.


















    3. Paine Field Commercial Service 2018

    Commercial Airline Terminal -- Under Construction

    June: Scheduled Month of Completion

    September: Scheduled Month of Flights


    Alaska and United Airlines: The following Airlines initially committed to providing 24 out-going and 24 in-coming flights per day (mostly to west coast cities).


    As of 5-1-2018 -- routes / schedules did change


    1. Alaska Airlines

    Planes: Embraer 175 single isle jets (76 seats)

    Schedule: 13 Flights / 8 Cities

    Locations: Portland, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Las Vegas & Phoenix


    2. United Airlines

    Planes: Embraer 175 single isle jets (76 seats)

    Schedule: 6 Flights / 2 Cities

    Locations: Denver & San Francisco


    3. Southwest Airlines (cancelled, routes given to Alaska)

    Planes: Boeing 737 single isle jets (124-138? seats)

    Schedule: 5 Flights / ? Cities (not announced) / TBD


    48 Total Flights -- 24 = to & from


    My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    Boeing || In The Begging || Seattle

    1917 to 1965 

    PART Iii

    e Do

    By Bruce McKinnon

    Red Barn -- Seattle Operations Pre & Post War II -- Plants 1 & 2

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    From Timber Investments to Airplanes

    The beginning of the Boeing Airplane Company


    Boeing / Introduction: My desire in creating the following historical synopsis of Boeing’s involvement in the aircraft business is only a brief transition into the next section on Boeing’s involvement in the manufacture and assembly of commercial airliners at Paine Field in Everett. However, to get there, a brief (sketchy) dive into Boeing's military contracts became necessary – just to put matters into perspective – since military contracts during the WWII era led to Boeing's dominance in the commercial airline industry. A detailed account would take volumes, way beyond the scope of this story.


    William Edward Boeing (1881 to 1956) was a visionary, a perfectionist, and a stickler for the facts. He was a 1903 Yale drop-out (age 22) who left college to invest in timber land with mineral rights, first in Minnesota and then in Washington State (where he actually made his fortune by building on wealth he had inherited from his family). He moved to Grays Harbor, Washington to focus on timber lands he had inherited. He moved to Seattle in 1908 (Then Highlands in Shoreline in 1909) where he established Greenwood Timber company and purchased the Heath Shipyard and started building a yacht (Taconite).


    During the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909, Boeing saw a manned flying machine for the first time and became fascinated with aircraft. In 1910, at age 28 while experimenting with a boat design, he purchased a year-old building (Red Barn) to house a yacht he was constructing. He also decided to take lessons at the Glenn L. Martin Flying School in Los Angeles (1915). Upon completing the course, he ordered a plane known as Model TA from the Martin factory for personal use. He was hooked. His interests then shifted (1916) from the sea to the air.


    Boeing and a friend soon partner, George Conrad Westervelt, a US Navy engineer, built their first plane (B & W) followed by the B-1 mail plane, the first to carry international mail. The firm name was changed to the Boeing Airplane Company when Bill Boeing took over the firm (founder, owner, President, Chairman of the Board Boeing, 1916-1934) when Westervelt moved on.


    1917 to 1939: Boeing secured a contract to build 50 navy training aircraft and rest is history. Model 40A mailplane, which was competing for the Chicago to San Francisco airmail route, allowed him to win the bid. The contract required that Boeing have 26 airplanes in operation by July 1, 1927. In 1928, Boeing told an interviewer: "It is a matter of great pride and satisfaction to me to realize that within the short space of 12 years, an infant company with personnel of less than a dozen men, has grown to be the largest plant in America, devoted solely to the manufacture of aircraft, and at the present time employing approximately 1,000 men."


    The Boeing firm’s headquarters remained in the Red Barn from 1917 to 1929, a period of business struggles (competition between Boeing, James McDonnell, Davis Douglas, Glenn Martin, and Howard Hughes) within the rapidly consolidating and growing military and commercial airplane industry. Manufacturing operations outgrew the Red Barn which was sold to the Port of Seattle (1970). The building was later refurbished and moved (1983) to its current location to become part of what is today the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in south Seattle.


    Boeing Sells His Stock: In 1934, government anti-trust regulations forced Boeing to break up his ownership of his aircraft company production and commercial transportation interests (United Airlines). When conflicts over military vs mail contracts forced him to choose between established businesses, he reached the boiling point. He resigned as Board Chairman, sold all his stock, and left the business (but dabbled in other businesses in later life).


    On June 20, 1934, Bill Boeing was awarded the Daniel Guggenheim Medal for aeronautical achievement. At the award ceremony in San Francisco, Boeing remarked: "Now that I am retiring from active service in aircraft manufacturing and air transportation, to be so greatly honored as to be recipient of the Daniel Guggenheim Medal is a real climax of my life. As the past years devoted to aircraft activities have been filled with real romance, the many forward projects now in the making will continue to keep me on the sidelines as a keen and interested observer." His company continued to roll on. Other men had moved up to key management positions including the roll of President.


    WWII: Boeing engineers begin to focus on a new airliner (Stratoliner) and to design (1938) and then produce the B-17 bomber (flying into combat in 1941) followed by the B-29 bomber. Boeing secures a seaplane contract and constructs a building in Renton, WA for production (today the site of all 737 plane assemblies). A second Boeing assembly plant is constructed in Wichita, KA focusing on gliders and the next generation B-29. The B-29 (1943) rolls out of the Wichita plant and into heavy production (1944) for the war effort. Boeing engineers begin working on the design of a jet powered aircraft. In 1945, the last B-29 is built, the B-29 drops atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Germany surrenders, and Pan American World Airways places an order for 20 Boeing Stratocruisers.


    1946-1959: Boeing produces a Stratofreighter and Korean war Air Force contracts focus on the B-47 and B-50. In 1952, Boeing secretly rolls out the B-52 Stratofortress followed by a KC-135 Stratotanker (1954) with in-flight refueling at the Boeing Field assembly plant in Seattle. Lockheed, Douglas, Martin, McDonnell and North American work on fighter jets, missiles (1955) and rockets. In the midst of an extended period of failing health, William Boeing dies of a heart attack in Florida on his boat (taconite) 9-28-1956, just 3 days prior to his 75th birthday. On December 15, 1966, Bill Boeing was memorialized in the Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, "for outstanding contributions to aviation by his successful organization of a network of airline routes and the production of vitally important military and commercial aircraft."


    In 1957, Pan American ordered 20 model 707 transports and the first production of the Boeing 707-120 jet airliner rolls out of the Renton plant. Military contacts focus on missiles & rockets and Boeing begins development on a manned orbiting craft (1959) and the Saturn V booster rocket and Apollo program (1961).


    1960-1969: The Boeing 727-100 makes its first flight (1962). Boeing announces it will bid on the US supersonic transport SST (1963) and both Boeing and Lockheed are selected (1964). In 1965, Astronaut Ed White walks in space.   


    Boeing announces it will build a 490 passenger 747 transport from a new plant in Everett, WA. Boeing wins the governments SST supersonic transport contract (1966). In 1967, the Boeing 737 single isle jet liner makes its first flight and the first unmanned Saturn V spacecraft is launched from Kennedy Space Center, sending an Apollo 4 into Earth orbit (combined resources of Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and North American).

  • My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    HISTORY -- Boeing's Everett Assembly Plant -- Airliners 

    PART V

    By Bruce McKinnon

    Assembly Plant -- Airplanes -- Dreamlifter -- Delivery Center

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    Boeing Assembly Plant / Building Statistics

    Boeing Assembly Plant

    Structural Profile & Inside Factory Mini-Tour

    Boeing chose to move to Everett (1967 = first building) in 1966 when they announced the 747 program (Pan American -- launch customer). The plant is located just north of and adjacent to Paine Field. While Boeing built bombers for the war effort during WW II at Boeing Field just south of Seattle, the company had connections at Paine Field as far back as 1943.


    Plant Volume: Boeing purchased land in south Everett in the 1960's and has slowly expanded plant capacity over the years. By 2018, just the Boeing Assembly Plant alone (472,370,319 cubic feet in volume -- again, the largest building in the world under one roof) covered 98.7 acres and employed 30,000 people. The 780 acre Everett campus could encompass Disneyland with 12 acres leftover. Big!


    3:58 minute video of Boeing's 50 year history (1967-2017):



    Photos Explained


    TOP photo -- This 2011 aerial photo (looking mostly east) shows the south Everett Boeing Plant prior to construction of the two 777x Composite Wing Center building additions (opened in 2016) -- all on the north side of the Boeing Freeway. The 3 Boeing paint barns appear on the south side of the freeway (planes rolling out of the factory cross the bridge over to the south side) plus a number widebodies (747's, 787's, and 767's) in the midst of testing cycles -- parked on the flight line adjacent to the main Paine Field runway (not shown) to the bottom of the photo.


    Bottom photo -- this aerial photo looks toward the Puget Sound in a northwesterly direction -- whidbey Island on the left -- off the west edge of the adjoining city of Mukilteo -- also Hat / Gedney island (closest) to the north.


    Click on photo on right to go directly to mini factory tour + building statistics.

    Boeing  Flightline Aerial Photo

    Boeing Flight Line

    Parking area for new planes || Planes in testing phase prior to delivery


    1. Paine Field 8-15-2012 aerial photo by Tino Breidenstein (Airliners.net)

    2. Paine Field 12-7-2016 aerial photo taken from paineairport.com, a

    Paine Field Blog created and maintained by Matt Cawby. Gorgeous photos.


    The flight line of parked Boeing planes, mid-testing cycles (several not yet painted / green) is adjacent to the Paine Field main runway. You can also see the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour Center on the opposite side of the field in the bottom photo -- and the operations terminal of the Dreamlifters (of which there are 4 jumbos) to the left, but none on-site at the time the photo was taken.


    Built: Paine Field, built (1936-1938) during the depression era using WPA funds, was named after an Everett born and decorated WWI 2nd Lt, Topliff Paine, who later developed a pace setting reputation in the commercial airmail delivery service (which unfortunately resulted in his death). The airport served as an army base during WWII and an airbase during the Korean and cold wars. Boeing built their first assembly plant (wing) in 1967 and the 747, the first plane produced at this plant, took it's first test flight on 2-9-1969.


    Aerial Photo: In these two great photos, the Puget Sound is shown to the north (top). The main airport runway (left) borders to the west on the city of Mukilteo. Two sides (west and north) of the city of Mukilteo border on Puget Sound.


    Testing Stages: The planes shown to the right parked along the flight line were all assembled in the plant and are in the midst of various pre-defined, ground and air testing stages -- which must be completed prior to delivery to Boeing's customers (airlines, leasing companies or private customers).


    Plane Colors: Most of the planes are green in color (protective zinc phosphate coating or primer) when they leave the factory -- before being painted in the the paint barns (here or in other cities). The dominate delivered urethane paint design or logo color (s) ("livery") on these giant flying billboards (mostly white) does help to control weight to a degree, minimize fading and reduce solar heat.


    Plane Paint Weight / FYI: The weight of a full paint scheme on a 747 is about 555 lbs versus 55 lbs for polished skin and a logo. Oh Yes. It is true that the SR-71 Blackbirds (Mach 3.2 at 80,000 feet) are painted black -- which was done on purpose to efficiently radiate the heat of friction away. But, it is also built out of titanium rather than aluminum.


    Click on photo on right to go on helicopter ride over Boeing Flight Line.

    See 6:19 minute Owens Germany 7-24-15 YouTube Video showing .....

    • Flight line (new planes parked going through testing before delivery) 
    • 777X Composite Wing Plant while in final construction stage
    • Boeing Paint Barnes (where planes are painted with logo or"livery".
    • Newly opened (2013) Everett Delivery Center


    Boeing Assembly Plant mini tour -- of a 777F being assembled

    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Internal Map

    777F twin-isle airplane being assembled -- tour for customer's test pilot

    Widebody (twin Isle) Plane Assembly: The highly popular single-isle 737 is assembled at Boeing's Renton, Washington plant. As of 2018, all of the twin-isle planes (below), beginning with the 747, have been assembled in south Everett, Washington (bordering on the city of Mukilteo).

    • 747-8 Jumbo Jet (I / Intercontinental Passenger & F / Freighter) 
    • 757 (no longer making)
    • 767
    • KC-46 Pegasus
    • 777 = up to 375 passengers
    • 777- 8 & 9 (x) = up to 425 passengers
    • 787 Dreamliner

    777X with Carbon Fiber Technology Wings: The newest project underway at the south Everett plant involves the on-site design, development, and assembly of the 777 swept-back wing -- the largest wing Boeing has ever built. This has required a $ 1 billion investment and the addition of a 1.3 million square foot building -- see comparison below:.

    1. 777...Wing length:  199'-11" total wing span tip to tip
    2. 777X Wing length:  235'-11" = total wing span tip to tip (includes 2 folding                                              2-11' wing tips -- 212'-8" = total wing span fold to fold 

    Click on photo on right to see mini-factory / assembly line tour

    See a July 2016 / 7:43 minute "Pilotseye.tv" tour of a 777F (freighter) conducted by a Boeing chief test pilot for a Boeing customer's test pilot


    Boeing new 777 Wing Plant Expansion

    777x Wing Plant Expansion

    Everett Delivery Center

    Photos (1) and (2): Aerial photos of the new 777X FAUB Building and CWC (Composite Wing Center)

    Aerial Photo Acknowledgements:

    (1) Locations of the building additions to Everett's Boeing campus relative to building the new 777X Composite Wing,

    (2) Site of the completed Composite Wing Center to build the new wing on site for the 777 and,

    (3) bottom -- the new customer delivery center.


    Wing Plant Buildings: The middle photo shows whas Boeing calls their CWC or Composite Wing Center -- a 1.3 million-square-foot building covering 27 acres under one roof (25 football fields). It opened May 20, 2016. It houses 3 of the worlds largest autoclaves, each capable of containing 2 - 737 fuselages. The building will support the fabrication of the 777X wing, the longest wing Boeing has ever built. It will turn the Everett site into a center for advanced carbon-fiber technology.


    Construction Data:

    • 31,000 tons of steel with the highest beams weighing 720 pounds / foot.
    • 480 miles of electrical cable.
    • 80,000 linear feet of process piping.
    • 170,000 cubic yards of poured concrete (16,500 truckload deliveries).
    • 4.2 million hours of labor / construction time -- with a peak of 1,700 contract employees 

    Two 777 Versions: The 777X has accumulated 340 orders / commitments (as of 12-31-2018) with 6 airlines -- Qatar, Emirates, Ethiad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore, and Lufthansa. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles.



    Boeing 737 time lapse Assembly -- Renton Plant

    Boeing 737-800

    Tail # B-1919

    First 737 Flight: 4-9-1967


    China Southern Airlines Boeing 737, Serial # 38965 -- Line #4799 -- cruising speed = 523 mph. || 2-2014 photo by BWM taken at Paine Field (KPAE) during routine testing runs.


    Renton Assembly Plant: This plant assembled the Boeing 707 and 727 prior to the production of the 737. Now, the 737 is a well established airplane (narrow body or single-isle plane). The very first 737 (737-100) took its first flight in 1967 and has since been resized and re-engined many times (more than 24 variants). All 737's are assembled in Renton, Washington (not in Everett) .


    Use of Paine Field: During the normal 737 testing cycles, most will fly into Paine Field usually twice every day. The first run is what is called a "touch and go" (testing the landing gear) and the second run is a "go around" (testing the thrust power as the plane does a sharp "pull out" as if for an aborted landing).


    737 Popularity: The 737 (85 to 215 passengers) is Boeing's most popular, best selling jet. By the end of 2017, it accounted for 1 out of every 3 commercial flights (2000 are in the air at any given time). By November 30, 2017, 14,292 units of the Boeing 737 had been ordered with 4,489 units still to be delivered.


    Units built per month: Boeing assembled 44 -- 737's per month in 2017 and hope to assemble 52 / month in 2018.


    Intriguing Size Comparison: The DIAMETER of the body of the Boeing 737 could (theoretically) fit into the engine that powers the Boeing 777 (almost the same diameter).


    Winglets (turned-up wing tip add-on's): Most if not all 737's have winglets. Winglets reduce wingtip vortices, the twin tornadoes formed by the difference between the pressure on the upper surface of an airplane’s wing and that on the lower surface. Winglets produce an especially good performance boost for jets by reducing drag. Such a reduction could translate into marginally higher cruise speed. However, most operators take advantage of the drag reduction by throttling back to normal speed and pocketing the fuel savings.

    Read more at: https://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/how-things-work-winglets-2468375/#4PaErqvUjjrOcHSI.99


    Read more about the Renton plant at LINK: https://www.strikingly.com/s/sites/150036/edit#boeing-paine-field-avgeek-hobby


    Click on photo on right to see Renton factory assembly line tour

    See July 24, 2013 / 3:28 minute YouTube Boeing tour of 737 single isle plane




    7:59 m 1970 news real of the delivery of first Boeing 747- to Pan Am -- to its home in England

    Building the first 747 (Flash Back)

    1965-1970: Design and launch of the world's largest factory & plane

    The big gamble: Pan Am & Boeing


    In the beginning: Great Britain was the first country to have an established Jet Service (May 1952) with the flying of the De Havilland Comet 1 (London to Johannesburg South Africa). A disastrous accident record forced upgrades until they got it right with the Comet 4 which flew in early 1958 (then had 30 productive years).


    By the 1960’s, Pan American World Airways (PAA, first incorporated on

    10-19-1927), with its flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, had become the largest US international air carrier (during the period 1927 and up until its collapse on December 4,1991). It was the cultural icon of the 20th century. Pan Am had been the launch customer for the delivery of the first US commercial jet airliner, the Boeing 707-120 -- first test flight 7-15-1954 and first commercial flight 10-26-1958


    Plans for the Boeing 747 were developed in the early 1960s, after Juan Trippe (1899-1981), president of Pan American World Airways, expressed interest in a plane that was larger than either the Boeing 707 or the Douglas DC-8, the two aircraft that had ushered in the Jet Age in the U.S.


    High Stakes: Pan Am signed a $550 million contract with Boeing for 25 planes in 1966, the first plane to be delivered by end of 1969. By Boeing standards, this was a very short (lead) time to complete such a project. Furthermore, the design wasn’t complete and the production plant did not even exist. Clearly, Boeing had “bet the farm” on this project.


    Jack Steiner (1917-2003), Boeing's vice-president of product development, oversaw the 747 in its planning stages. Boeing CEO Bill Allen (1900-1985) chose Mal Stamper (1925-2005) as general manager when the project went into full design. Joe Sutter (1921-2016) from Boeing’s 737 development team in Renton, Washington was selected as chief engineer.


    Factory Location Selection: Boeing initially considered building the 747 outside of Washington state, then in Monroe, Moses Lake and Cleveland.

    In 1943, Boeing had opened a shop in Everett at a former auto garage on Pacific Avenue where workers built bulkheads and sections for B-17 bombers. In 1956, Boeing started building jigs and shipment fixtures for B-52 bombers and KC-135 tankers -- with steady growth to over 1,700 workers (cutting back in 1963). Paine Field had been an Army and Air Force base during and after World War II, but by the 1960’s, military use was minimal. So, Boeing did have some history in Everett and eventually settled on purchasing 780 acres of land next to Paine Field.


    Construction & financing -- a wild ride: Construction on the new plant began in June 1966. In the months that followed, more than 2,800 workers and 250 subcontractors withstood everything mother nature could throw at them from windstorms, mudslides, 67 straight days of rain, and then snowstorms. On January 3 1967, 113 factory workers arrived at the scene of an incomplete 2.5 million-square-foot plant next to Paine Field (to build the first 747). But the factory did not officially open until May 1.


    Time was so short the walls of the building went up as the assembly lines were laid down. A full-scale 747 mock-up was built before the factory roof above it was even finished. The huge cost of developing the 747 and building the Everett factory forced Boeing to borrow heavily from a banking syndicate, repeatedly requesting additional funds to even complete the project. The 747 project exceeded $1 billion by the time of the 747 roll out, more than Boeing’s net worth.


    Factory roll out: The 747 was ready for its unveiling (the public's first showing) September 30, 1968 at a huge media event -- just 16 months from the start of production -- making world headlines and landing a page in the history books. By this time, orders had been placed from 26 airlines for the new jet. Representatives from each of these airlines gathered along with the press and other invited guests -- which included the appearance by the flight attendants from those 26 airlines.


    That morning (September 30th), a replica of the B& W (Boeing's first airplane) flew over Paine Field -- followed by a 707, a 727, and a 737. The crowd of attendees gathered in front of the massive hangar doors of the production plant. The doors opened slowly, and a tractor towed the 747 out into the bright sunlight.


    Unlike previous Boeing airliners, which were painted canary yellow and brown, the 747 was painted red and white with blue lettering. As the plane came into view that day, the audience gasped at its size and broke into thunderous applause. The plane (231 feet in length with a 196-foot wingspan), was larger than most everyone had ever seen -- two-and-one-half times larger than Boeing's forerunner 707. It was spectacular.


    Then, on February 9, 1969, the City of Everett witnessed the first 747 ever to fly when it took off for its first in a series of test flights. Almost a year later, Pan Am took its first commercial flight from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to London Heathrow January 21, 1970. Pan Am carried 11 million passengers over 20 billion miles in 1970, revolutionizing air travel with the first wide-bodied airliner. By 1978, its 150 jets flew to 86 countries on every continent except for Antarctica over a scheduled route network of 81,410 unduplicated miles.


    Design / mechanical problems resolved: Unlike so many other commercial transport successes, the 747 brought together a constellation of untried technologies (e.g., new hydraulic system designs, passenger configurations, and engine issues -- to name just a few -- that had to be adapted without prior real-world experience to guide their application. Bugs had to be fixed which Boeing was forced to address quickly.


    Known as the “Queen of the skies”, the 747 ruled the skies for most of it life – dominating the wide-body market and fending off all its challengers (e.g., McDonald Douglas DC-10 and MD-11 and the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar). It held the passenger capacity record for 37 years.


    Competition: Today, the only surviving four-engined widebody jet left to compete with the 747 is the double-decker, Airbus A380 super jumbo which hit the market over 35 years after the 747’s first flight. By March 21, 2018, Boeing has produced 20 variants of the plane and delivered 1,543 - 747’s with 25 unfilled orders. FYI: Airbus announced that THEY were stopping further production of the A380 (announced 2-14-2019).


    The Demise of Pan Am: By the late 1970’s, Pan Am was burdened with debt from plane purchases. In an effort to bolster revenues, they purchased National Airlines in 1980 (going after a domestic market). That decision, combined with deregulation, added competition, soaring fuel prices, and the need to replace an aging fleet, through the company into a downward financial spiral. The December 21,1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and the resulting $300 million lawsuit filed by more than 100 families of the victims coupled with unrelated FAA security violations in the same month spelled the beginning of the end (bankruptcy, Chapter 11, January 1991, then shutdown in December 1991 after reorganization attempts failed).


    Reasons for end of Pan Am: Some contend ( Barnaby Conrad III) that the collapse of Pan Am was due to a combination of corporate mismanagement, government indifference (toward protecting its prime international carrier), and flawed regulatory policy. In the final analysis, Pan Am’s fate crushed the lives, hopes and dreams of thousands of hard-working Americans and many overseas employees. As one observer concluded, “so much for the loss of another traditional symbol of our pioneering spirit and heritage: a world-class trailblazer, goodwill ambassador, U.S. flag carrier and America's friend around the world.


    PHOTOS  --------------------------------------------


    Photo’s #1 & #2 (on right) show the FIRST 747-112 (N7470 / RA001) to roll out of the Boeing Assembly plant 9-30-1968. It was powered by four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A turbofan engines, each which could produce 47,670 pounds of thrust, and cruise at 555 miles per hour at 35,000 feet. It had maximum a range of 6,100 miles with a passenger configuration of 440 to 550. The pane's first test flight was February 9, 1969. It last flew commercially in 1995 and is now on static display at The Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington.


    But, it was 2nd Boeing 747-121, tail # N747PA, serial number 19639, which first flew on April 11, 1969. This is the plane that was ultimately the first to be delivered to Pan Am on October 3, 1970 and became Pan Am’s first commercial flight January 21, 1970. It flew until Pan Am closed down (bankruptcy) in 1991. It was later cut up and parts shipped to Namyangju, South Korea. There, it was reassembled, repainted to look like Air Force One, and made (photo # 3) into a Noodle House restaurant (which failed, and the plane was ultimately turned into a museum).


    Note: Photo #3 (top – above the cars) shows highway 526 / the Boeing Freeway under construction -- the freeway that separates the factory from the south-side Boeing paint barns and Paine Field. They are building the bridge over what was Airport Road as it connected to the side road along the south side of the Everett Boeing Assembly Plant.


    Click on photo on right to see 7:59 minute VIDEO on the delivery of the very first 747-100 jumbo jet to Pan Am AIrways in England.


    Story Sources: Boeing, Wikipedia and over 20 other articles and books, all accessible via Google.



    Boeing 747-8i time-lapse assembly

    Boeing 747-8

    8i = Intercontinental (passengers)

    8f = Freighter (cargo)

    Tail # D-ABYL & D-ABYM + the Seahawks N-770BA, 570 mph cruising speed.


    First Flight, Seating and Cruising Speed of a 747: February 9, 1969 / 614 mph. Boeing produced 5 variants (SP, 100, 200, 300, 400, and the -8). The Seating capacity, which always varies by the seating configuration ordered (customer dependent), ranges 400 to 605 (with the -8 being the longest plane, thus 605).


    The 3rd generation 747-8 is Boeing's newest (first flown 2-8-2010), largest and now the longest 747 widebody airplane at 250"-2". Boeing built two 747-8 configurations -- the I (Intercontinental / passenger plane) and the F (freighter).


    Lufthansa Airlines + Seahawks Plane: The first two (German) are Boeing 747-8i passenger planes and the bottom Seahawks plane is a 747-8F (freighter).

    1. Serial # 37836, Line #1492, delivered in February
    2. Serial # 37837, Line #1494, delivered in February 2014 (2014 photo)
    3. Serial # 37564 (Freighter--2014 photo)

    The bottom photo (Seahawks plane) was taken during 2014 (?) and the last two photos were taken in February 2014 by BWM at Paine Field (KPAE) during routine testing runs (both 747's assembled during the same time period).


    747 vs 777 Length: Prior to the 747-8, the 747-400 (231'-10") was shorter than Boeing's 777-300 ER (extended range) at 242'-4" in length. Let's say that another way. In other words, the the 777-300 ER was 10'-4" longer than the 747-400 (big plane). But, the newer 747-8 is 7'-2" longer than the 777-300.


    Note: The heavier 747 is the only widebody Boeing passenger plane with 4 engine's.


    Click on photo on right to see Everett Factory assembly of 747-8i

    See May 1, 2012 / 3:17 minute Boeing time lapse tour of 747 twin isle plane


    Boeing 767-400 (LAN Airlines)

    Boeing 767-316 (ER) & 767-300F

    Tail # CC-BDN

    First Flight and Cruising Speed of a 767: September 26, 1981 / 529 mph = cruising speed. The seating capacity (dependent upon plane model and seating configuration) ranges from 181 up to 375



    (1) LAN Airlines (Peru) Boeing 767, Serial # 41995 -- Line #1049. This 2013 photo by BWM was taken at Paine Field (KPAE) during routine testing runs.

    FYI: ER = Extended Range (the plane has been re-engined).

    (2) FedEx Boeing 767-300F, Tail # N120FE, Serial # 44380, Line # 1081. This Boeing Company photo shows the 100th freighter delivered (May 2015).


    Note: The airframe of this plane is being used as base for the KC-46 Tanker.


    Click on photo on right to see Everett Factory assembly of 767-400

    See July 14, 2009 / 6:32 minute Boeing YouTube video time lapse assembly

    Boeing 4 function KC-46 Pegasus

    KC-46 Pegasus Tanker

    (modified 767 airframe)

    Primary Objective: Refueling

    Secondary Objective: Mix

    1. Cargo

    2. Patients

    3. Passengers


    First Flight and Cruising Speed of a KC-46: The government bid was awarded with controversy (Airbus had the contract) February 24, 2011. The plane first flew September 25th, 2015 (cruising speed of 530 mph). The project has since been plagued with cost overruns, missed deadlines, and re-designs, and retrofits.


    Boom Fix: Boeing Successfully Tested a KC-46A Pegasus tanker hardware fix to resolve a boom loading issue they experienced during refueling exercises – shown here refueling a C-17 Globemaster III back on July 12, 2016. Resolving the issue was a prerequisite to the Air Force’s decision (then) to approve low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the tanker in August 2016 (which proceeded). Photo by Paul Weatherman, Boeing


    Status 2018: The head of Air Mobility Command, General Carlton Everhart, said in January 2018 that the KC-46 Pegasus was about 94 percent complete with tests needed for the aircraft’s second — and final — FAA airworthiness certifications. On March 30th, 2018, Boeing and Air Force representatives met to hash out the delivery schedule for the 179 tankers ordered. Deliveries were projected to start in October 2018 (18 planned). Japan has also ordered one. The first two deliveries occurred 1-25-2019.


    Future Bases

    • Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, CA
    • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

    McKinnon's Inventory of Tankers on Paine Field Campus. I took the 2nd and 3rd photos on 4-5-2018 -- which captured 11 - KC-46A's scattered around Paine Field (24 currently on campus), 11 showing the gray Air Force livery (gray logo).


    KC-46 Pegasus Replaces Outdated Aircraft: The plane was designed to replace the KC-135E Stratotankers (based on the Boeing 367-80), the Air force's first jet powered refueling tanker -- which first entered service in 1957, over 60 years ago.


    Multirole: The KC-46A Pegasus is a widebody based on the 767-200 airframe designed to fill multiple (configurations) roles:

    1. Passenger Plane (114)
    2. Cargo Plane (65,000 lbs)
    3. Patient Transport: (aeromedical evacuation aircraft) 
    4. Tanker (212,299 lbs of fuel) 

    Refueling: The plane has a newly designed and improved version of the KC-10 refueling system -- both a probe & drogue and a boom and receptacle to conduct multiple refueling missions on a single mission. The plane can refuel all U.S., allied & coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. And it has cockpit displays from the 787.


    Secondary Objection: A cargo deck above the refueling system can accommodate a mix load of passengers, patients and cargo. 


    The KC-46A can carry up to 18 463L cargo pallets. Seat tracks and the onboard cargo handling system make it possible to simultaneously carry palletized cargo, seats, and patient support pallets in a variety of combinations.


    Avoidance Capability: The aircraft was designed to detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats using multiple layers of protection, which enables it to operate safely in medium-threat environments.


    Pegasus defined: A mythical winged divine stallion (horse-god) -- one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology -- usually depicted as pure white in color.


    Click on photo on right to hear HISTORY of US Air Force KC-46 Pegasus

    See 2016 Documentary on history behind the KC -46 / 11:00 minute video

    What it's like to build a tiple seven (777)

    Boeing 777-3AL (ER), 777-39L (ER)

    and 777-39LER

    Boeing 777's delivered in 2012, 2013 and 2018

    First Flight and Cruising Speed of a 777: June 12, 1994 / 562 mph. The seating capacity (dependent upon plane model and seating configuration) for the 777 ranges from 317 to 396 passengers.



    (1) Thai Airways International lines Boeing 777-3AL(ER), Serial # 41527,

    Line #1145. This is a 2013 photo by BWM taken at Paine Field (KPAE) during routine testing runs. The Boeing paint barns are shown in the background.

    (2) Air China 777-39L (ER), tail # B 2035, serial # 38674, line # 051, (delivered 10/2012), but not yet painted with the airlines' livery (paint logo). Dreamlifter and Boeing paint barns in background. Photo by BWM

    (3) Air India 777-39LER, tail # VF-HLX, Serial # 36322, Line # 1544, Boeing paint barns in background. Photo by BWM 3-9-2018


    Landing Wheels: In addition to size, a telling 777 feature (how one can easily tell the difference between it and other Boeing passenger planes) are the triple set of landing wheels -- as opposed to double sets on other single and twin-isle planes (e.g., 737, 747, 767, 787).


    Click on photo on right to hear assemblers view of building the 777

    See 5-4-2012 documentary on those who build the 777 at the Everett, Washington assembly plant


    2008 Cathay Pacific Low Level Fly-By -- Everett

    777-300ER Low Level Fly-By in 2008

    3 Photos of a 777X - 300ER at Delivery (Everett, WA)

    The Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) is the backbone of Cathay Pacific’s long-haul fleet enabling the airline to operate more direct, nonstop flights to key destinations in North America.


    Fly-By Story: On January 30, 2008, Cathay Pacific took a scheduled, maiden flight delivery of a Boeing 777 from Boeing in Everett, WA. THIS delivery was pre-planned to be a memorable event, a common / routine occurrence with a new plane in the airline industry.


    The plane was the sixth of 30 - 777-300ER's to be delivered to Cathay Pacific, A ID 12-31-2018, the world's 10th largest air carrier (3 largest stockholders -- Swire Pacific, Air China and Qatar Airlines). The plane was formally unveiled at a pre-flight ceremony at the FOF / Future of Flight and Boeing Tour Aviation Center in Everett which, at that time, was used as a "delivery center" for Boeing. This specific delivery was considered a major event for the airline because this plane's fuselage carried a flying-dragon logo, complemented by the Hong Kong brand line “Asia’s world city”. The flying dragon, which symbolizes the spirit of Hong Kong and its people, is seen soaring over green waves, which depict the lands and oceans of the world. Only this 777 was to get this unique "livery".


    Among the attendees at the event was Cathay Pacific Chairman Chris Pratt and other senior airline executives, Hong Kong Legislative Council members, Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department executives and Hong Kong Tourism Board members – all of whom would again become passengers -- this time during the flight back to Hong Kong (69 crew members and special invited guests on the plane).


    When I discussed this (following) incident with Barry Smith, retired Executive Director of the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour and Aviation Center, he noted that he had attended this specific Cathay Pacific ceremony. He had asked the pilot if he would consider doing a "wing wave" when he departed the airport for Hong Kong -- a quite common request often made at delivery events. He knew those watching the departure up on the strato deck would enjoy the (tradition) gesture. The pilots response was "not a problem mate".


    The takeoff: The 55-year-old Cathay Pacific Captain Ian Wilkinson (and coincidentally, Cathay's Chief Pilot) and his 48-year-old British co-pilot Ray Middleton took off as planned. But Wilkinson then banked the 230 ton, 365 seat aircraft and returned to the airfield to make (unexpectedly) a gears up with slats and flaps extended, 322 mph fly-by. That's right. The pilot took the huge jet down to about 50 feet (but not to 28 feet as some had reported) above the runway for several seconds. In addition, when still close to the runway surface, he also did a wing wave.


    The above incident took place in front of a fairly large group of initially cheering Future of Flight visitors standing on top of the 17 foot high FOF Strato Deck -- right next to the runway. Many of these visitors just happened to be waiting for their scheduled Boeing tour that day and thus witnessed the fly-by -- purely by coincidence. The "touchy" wing wave (added when the big plane was still at that low point above the runway) required that the pilot give the plane full throttle -- clearly to keep the plane from scraping its belly. The seemingly risky maneuver in the minds of some seemed to bring a hush over the crowd. Would he make it? So, from Berry's surprised perspective, this crowd sure got their money's worth that day. The huge plane disappeared into the clouds -- and left for Hong Kong as scheduled.


    Best of Intentions? The plot thickens: It was later determined that Cathay chairman Chris Pratt was actually sitting in the jump seat on the flight deck when the stunt was performed. Oh, and the airlines Engineering Director, Christopher Gibbs, was also in a jump seat behind the captain. Yes, and two first officers also stood unharnessed on the flight deck at the time. Neither Pratt nor Gibbs complained about that little seldom witnessed manoeuvre.


    On arrival in Hong Kong, Wilkinson, who had lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years, was congratulated and celebrated upon arrival with airline executives. He even got a mention in the airline newsletter, with an accompanying picture of the executives raising a glass in celebration of this maiden flight. The fly-by, for all intensive purposes, was initially argued to be 'standard' procedure, suggesting that this had been something that was conducted as a matter of course when taking new aircraft deliveries. And there was no doubt that the captain was a highly respected administrator and talented pilot.


    Celebration / Then Dismissal: It was suggested that ff no one else had found out about the low-level fly-by, the incident probably would have gone no further. But when a YouTube video of the incident made by a Strato Deck visitor began circulating on the internet, Cathay was forced to investigate and file a report to Hong Kong's CAA / Civil Aviation Authority (along with Cathay's policy position on such matters). Once the CAA became officially aware of the incident, some argued that Captain Wilkinson then had to be (and was) dismissed. First Officer Middleton was not dismissed as he reportedly did not know (?) that permission had not been obtained from corporate for the maneuver. But he WAS suspended from his job (training duties) for six months. The company then issued a notice to all cockpit crew reminding them of the company’s policy for conducting fly-bys.


    Airline officials acknowledged that low fly-bys might be allowed in some instances and may have been conducted in the past (e.g., at air shows). But Cathay Pacific also had a well-established approval process for such maneuvers. This action was never approved by the company (corporate). The Cathay spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said that from their end, the fly-by in Everett "with staff and guests on board the delivery flight would never have been approved." She also dismissed the suggestion that Wilkinson's sacking was sparked by the images on YouTube. She suggested that "The internal investigation was well under way prior to the video appearing online."

    To Read more, go to LINK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-523870/British-airline-boss-cockpit-350mph-stunt-cost-pilot-job.html#ixzz5BMdTGHzF

    Pilot Forum Feedback: Many argued that there was nothing unsafe or unusual about this maneuver (about 70%+ for and 30% against). Others argued that a go-around is always made with the gear down. You only raise the gear when you have a positive rate of climb. This was done at a very low altitude with gears up (and with passengers on board).


    As one pilot put it, “how many circuit breakers were pulled to avoid GPWS warnings? Did he get them all or was there distractions during the fly-by? Did the airline insurance allow for airshow maneuvers? Probably not. Did the Company Ops manual allow for unauthorized airshow stunts? Probably not. Did he ask the passengers in the back if they wanted to be part of his fly-by? Don't think so.” In two previous unauthorised fly-bys in Everett that came to light after the January incident, Wilkinson had been the pilot in one and in the other had given 'permission' for one of his fleet pilots to perform the stunt.


    Wilkinson appealed his dismissal and attended a hearing chaired by Cathay's Director of Flight Operations, Nick Rhodes, on April 10, 2008, an airline spokeswoman said. His appeal was denied. One manager was quoted as saying that it "makes our airline look like a bunch of cowboys."


    McKinnon's perspective: The fly-by, although not frequently performed, historically has been something of an aviation tradition - a kind of salute to the manufacturers and those on the ground. But safety these days is paramount -- times / rules have changed in the aviation business (e.g., AODA, FAA -- FAR 91.119). Here is kind of a hint -- the FAA defines LOW as 500 feet above the surface.


    FYI: In reviewing the Youtube video commentary (of this incident), I noted that Wilkinson's nephew stated (2014) that his uncle was working for Qatar Airways. Linkedin shows that Ian has been a B777 Fleet Manager with Qatar since 2010.


    My Thoughts: I am on the mounds on the Future of Flight / west side of the main Paine Field runway at least once a week (sometimes 2-3 times / week) taking photos of Boeing planes during their testing cycles. I have witnessed many maiden delivery flights. I have seen wing waves, sharp or steep banks and climbs, go-arounds, touch & goes, missed approaches, and water cannon salutes, but I have never seen a real low (50 feet) widebody fly-by with wheels up. Maybe 1,000 feet off the ground, but not below 500 feet.


    A popular Pilot's Forum (PPRuNe / Professional Pilots Rumor Network) was inundated with feedback regarding this incident – pro and con – once the story of Wilkinson's fate got out. A Google search for low level fly-by's identified a number of seasoned Pilot dismissals, even with wheels down.


    Click on the photo (image) to the right to see the comments – well worth a read.


    Photography Acknowledgement: Matt Cawby |||| Liem Bahneman is a second photographer (on Flicker) with almost an identical set of high quality photos. According to Liam, both he and Matt were within 10 feet of each other taking photos during this incident. I have seen both sets. Cool.

    Listen to 6.18 minutes of Boeing 777-300 ER -- GE 90-115B engine to take off

    GE 90, 115B & GE9X General Electric Engines for the Boeing 777-200, 300 & X

    Wikipedia / Thrust Ratings: 81,000 to 115,000 lbf. |||| The GE 90 engine entered into service with British Airways in November 1995. It is one of three options for the Boeing 777-200, -200ER, and -300 versions, and the exclusive engine of the -200LR, -300ER, and the latest Boeing 777F (freighter).


    Largest / most powerful jet engine: The GE 90 and GE 90-115B engines are the largest in the world -- until the arrival of the GE9X (currently being tested / 4-2018) which has an additional inch wider fan successor (the 105,000 lbf) which will power the Boeing 777X scheduled for flight in 2019.



    (1) Size: The young man standing next to a Boeing 777 GE 90 engine helps the viewer visualize the sheer size of this engine. The fuselage of the single-isle Boeing 737 could FIT within the diameter of this engine.

    (2) GE 90: The second photo is just a GE Aviation factory photo of the GE 90 engine hanging from a GE Aviation factory ceiling carriage.

    (3) 747 GE Testing Platform: The Airliners.net photo was taken at the GE Aviation testing facility. GE uses and 747 as there testing platform. This photo also allows one to better visualize / compare the difference between the existing four standard 747 engines (GE CF6-80C2's) that currently power the 747 -- and the new GE9X.

    (4) GE 90-115B: This cross-sectional example provides a simplistic break away view the the 2018 version of GE's largest engine, the GE 90-115B.

    (5) GE9X Testing: The last photo shows the GE9X engine in TEST MODE affixed to a modified 747 taking off ON GE Aviation's 747 flying testbed in Victorville, California. See the following TESTING VIDEO.

    LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9_E2cj5eTE


    Click on image on right to listen to a 6:18 minute YouTube.com video of the engine noise created by a Singapore Airlines Star Alliance 777-300 ER as it prepares for and ultimately takes off from Milan Malpensa International Airport. Yes, I love engine noise.

    Recording prepared and posted 1-25-2015 by Marco Gismondi (1,7 million views!!). Click again to return / go on.







    Boeing 737-300 compared to 777-300ER

    737 vs 777 side-by-side comparison

    Tail #'s YR-BGC and N776UA

    FUN size comparison: Here is an old (November 2005) but neat photo that does a reasonably good job of comparing the size of two popular Boeing planes. In this example, the photographer catches a TAROM (Romania) Airlines single-isle 737-300 (before winglets) taxiing alongside a United 777-200 twin isle at Heathrow Airport in London. The 737 was delivered in November 1994 and the 777 was delivered in April 1996 -- so close enough in production years.


    Photo taken by Adrian Pingstone in 11-2005 and posted on Planespotters.net


    Click on photo on right to see 737 and 777 in simultaneously flight

    See 5-4-2012 / 0.53 second video of both a Boeing 737-800 and a Boeing 777-300 ER in flight (one on top of the other) -- to help compare size.

    British Airways 787-9 Assembly -- Everett, Washington

    787-8 || 787-9 || 787-10 Dreamliners

    Everett deliveries 787-8 Tail # 5Y-KZA, 787-9 Tail # G-ZBK-A (which includes my favorite Boeing airliner assembly video ever on this 787-9) and a 787-10 Tail # 5V-SCB (delivery from Charleston, SC).


    (1) Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8, Serial # 35510 -- Line #157.

    (2) British Airways Boeing 787-9, Serial # 38616 -- Line # 346.

    (3) Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10, Serial # 60254 -- Line # 622.

    (4) ANA Airlines Boeing 787-9, Serial # 61521, Line # ?

    (5) KLM Airlines Boeing 787-9, Serial # 42509, Line # 684


    Passengers / Seating (2nd class) and plane length

    787-8... = 242, plane length = 186'-1"

    787-9... = 290, plane length = 206'-1"0

    787-10. = 330, plane length = 224'-0"


    Dreamliner Configurations: The Kenya Airlines 787-8 widebody (twin isle) was delivered 4-4-2014. Two more variants (787-9 and the 787-10) were subsequently designed, built, flown, and delivered, creating a suite of planes -- with a seat range of 242 to 335, dependent upon the seating configuration and class of seats chosen by the airline. In that regard, like purchasing and automobile, seating configuration is and OPTION selected by the airline at the time the plane is first ordered.


    The British Airways 787-9 was delivered 9-29-2015. The Singapore Airlines 787-10 was delivered in March 2018.


    Photo acknowledgements: (1) March 2014 photo of the Kenya Airways 787-8 by BWM taken at Paine Field (KPAE) during flight testing and the

    (2) 1-21-2017 photo of the British Airways 787-9 by Pioti Persona at Heathrow Airport - London, UK -- posted on Planespotters.net and (3) January 2018 Charleston, SC photo of the first Singapore Airlines 787-10 of the 49 planes currently on order. FYI: This was a photo of the March 2018 delivery that departed from Charleston, South Carolina, (4) ANA 787-9 photo by BWM March 31, 2018, (5) KLM 789-9 Dreamliner, delivered 3-29-2018, photo by BWM 3-23-2018.


    Click on photo on right to see Boeing time lapse assembly of 787

    See 9-20-2015 / 3.59 minute video of assembly of a British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner -- which includes the wings flown in on a Dreamlifter from Japan. I LOVE this time lapse video (get this -- 6,431,329 views as of 3-8-2018 !!).




    Loading a Dreamlifter with 787 Wings in Japan

    Dreamlifter (Boeing 747-400 LCF)

    Wing & Fuselage Parts Transported From Japan

    Supply Chain Challenge (keep that line moving)


    Timeline and Variants: The 787 "Dreamliner" was first announced in 2004 -- first flight 12-15-2009, first delivery 10-28-2011. As of 2018, engineers have created 3 - 787 variants: (-8, -9 and -10) with a seating range of 242 to 335 passengers.


    Structure and Supply Chain: While the pathway (variants) was somewhat typical for new Boeing plane roll-outs, what was unique about thE 787 was its supply chain and the plane's structure -- a first for passenger planes. Over 50% of the plane is built with light weight composite materials. And, supplies came from all over the world -- 70% inside the USA and 30% outside -- e.g., UK, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Korea, Australia, and Japan.


    Logistics: Major structural components were built in Japan (wings and lithium ion batteries), Korea (wing tips), and Italy (center fuselage). Here was the big challenge: Beyond the usual personnel issues (staffing, training, expertise), the NEW parts have to FIT and work together -- and DELIVERY (availability) is absolutely KEY to creating a moving, synchronized assembly line. Many parts are huge and heavy. Amazon PRIME would NOT be the answer here. These parts have to be there -- on time -- non stop.


    THEY NEEDED A BIG / Fast CARGO PLANE (to carry fuselages and wings a LONG distance -- 17 hour flight time NON STOP): So, enter the modified 747-400 LCF (a used 747 converted into a large cargo freighter) -- to be affectionately called the Dreamlifter -- photo shown on the right. Four (4) of them to be exact -- that would then be always on the fly, 24-7. They had to keep two factory assembly lines going (Everett, Washington and North Charleston, North Carolina / 787-10).


    Dreamlifter Design: Boeing bought 4 used 747-400's. The basic modification was created by Boeing's Moscow (Russia) Bureau. Boeing's partner Aerojet Rocketdyne of El Segundo, CA (in partnership with Spain's Gamnesa Aeronautica for the swing-tail design) along with Taiwan's Evergreen Aviation Technologies (an Eva Air and GE joint venture) created this monolith.


    Cute: The Dreamlifter is the largest cargo hold in the world -- 65,000 cubic ft.

    First Flight: December 9, 2006


    Click photo on right to see Japan airport Dreamlifter "wing load" VIDEO

    Acknowledgement:  Nishikasai-no-hito a


    5-28-2015 II 8:42 Minutes video of the opening and closing of Dreamlifter swing-tail + a 787 wing load -- at Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya, Japan (2.3 million population), the heart of Japan's aerospace industry and home of 3 major Boeing 787 sub-contractors.

    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (composite wings)
    • Kawasaki Heavy Industries (forward fuselage)
    • Fuji Heavy Industries (center wing box)
    Photo acknowledgement: The top 3 Dreamlifter photos (tail # N-7188A, serial # 15282) were taken by BWM in Everett. The bottom photo of the Dreamlifter (tail # N-747BC) was taken by Nick123 of Chicago (on Flicker, 7-15-2015).
    777-300 take-off from Paine Field -- pilots view

    Campus: Paine Field & Boeing

    Map of Mukilteo -- South Everett -- Paine Field -- Boeing

    Airport Diagram -- Map Supplement: The purpose of this MAP is to further help orient any interesting observer to the fantastic CAMPUS of and around Paine Field -- an AvGEEK paradise. 


    Map Objective: To once again acquaint one with the locations of (1) Boeing, (2) the Future of Flight, (3) the Historic Flight Foundation, (4) the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, (5) the Museum of Flight Restoration Center, and (6) the new Paine Field Commercial Service airline terminal.


    City Populations: I added a population history for the 2 adjacent communities (Mukilteo and Everett) located on opposite sides of Paine Field -- so a reader can have a better understanding for the growth of the airport campus from the point Boeing built the first addition of their assembly plant in the 1960's through 2018.



    1960 = 40,000

    1970 = 54,000

    2018 = 110,000



    1960 = 1,200

    1970 = 1,400

    2018 = 22,000


    Click on photo on right to see 777-300 take-off at Paine Field

    (from the cockpit -- pilots view)

    See 5-4-2012 / 8.13 minute video of a 777-300 take-off from Paine Field during rainy over-cast day -- through the eyes of pilots in the plane's cabin. This was a delivery flight that stared at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center.

  • My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    777x -- Composite Wing Center -- 777x

    at Paine Field 

    PART Vi

    777x Wing Plant Expansion

    Photos (1) and (2): Aerial photos

    CWC -- Composite Wing Center

    777x / FAUB Building and CWC

    Aerial Photo Acknowledgements:

    (1) Locations of the building additions to Everett's Boeing campus relative to building the new 777X Composite Wing,

    (2) Site of the completed Composite Wing Center to build the new wing on site for the 777 and,

    (3) bottom -- the new customer delivery center.


    Wing Plant Buildings: The middle photo shows whas Boeing calls their CWC or Composite Wing Center -- a 1.3 million-square-foot building covering 27 acres under one roof (25 football fields). It opened May 20, 2016. It houses 3 of the worlds largest autoclaves, each capable of containing 2 - 737 fuselages. The building will support the fabrication of the 777X wing, the longest wing Boeing has ever built. It will turn the Everett site into a center for advanced carbon-fiber technology.


    Construction Data:

    • 31,000 tons of steel with the highest beams weighing 720 pounds / foot.
    • 480 miles of electrical cable.
    • 80,000 linear feet of process piping.
    • 170,000 cubic yards of poured concrete (16,500 truckload deliveries).
    • 4.2 million hours of labor / construction time -- with a peak of 1,700 contract employees 

    Two 777 Versions: As of 12-31-2018, the 777X had accumulated 340 orders / commitments with 6 airlines -- Qatar, Emirates, Ethiad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore, and Lufthansa. Two models will comprise the 777X family – the 777-8X, with approximately 350 seats and a range capability of more than 9,300 nautical miles; and the 777-9X, with approximately 400 seats and a range of more than 8,200 nautical miles.

  • My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    Other Paine Field Attractions 

    PART Vii

    Boeing Assembly Plant

    Everett Delivery Center

    Title Text

    DLR Group

  • My AvGeek Hobby -- Location & Description -- My Avgeek Hobby

    Other Paine Field Attractions 

    PART VIii

    By Bruce McKinnon

    Future of Flight & Boeing Tour Center

    Paul Allen's Flying Heritage & Combat Armour Museum

    John Session's Historic Flight Museum

    Museum of Flight Restoration Center & Reserve Collection


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    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Everett, Washington

    Paine Field -- looking south

    Main RUNWAY: 16 R at bottom of photo and 34 W at top (landing choices depending on wind direction, 16 R most common / preferred).

    Photo by AvGeek and helicopter pilot Joe Kunzler using a NIKON D5300 at 3,000 feet at Paine Field.


    Aerial View -- what you see (looking north to south):

    • Boeing Freeway--between Boeing Assembly Plant (bottom) and the paint barns & Boeing flight line -- curving around the start of the Paine Field landing strip.
    • Main runway down the center (north to south). 
    • Boeing flight line (plane parking areas during testing cycles).
    • Highway 99 (angled through the trees -- left to right -- top)
    • Mt. Rainier -- upper left (elevation = 14,409 feet, 106 miles south of Paine Field airport).
    • Future of Flight / Boeing Tour center (right of runway--16R to the north).
    • Dreamlifter Headquarters (to the south, behind the Future of Flight).
    • Mukilteo to the right of the runway (over to the Puget Sound or west).
    • Edmonds (South of Mukilteo), then Lynnwood, Edmonds, Shoreline and on into Seattle (23 miles from Paine Field).
    Photo by AvGeek and helicopter pilot Joe Kunzler using a NIKON D5300 at 3,000 feet at Paine Field.
    Tracking Aircraft: Three smartphone accessible websites serve as great tools / apps for observers to track scheduled departures & landings.
    • FlightRadar.com
    • FlightAware.com
    • LiveATC.net  (Paine Field call letters = KPAE)
    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Everett, Washington

    Future of Flight -- Institute of Flight

    Established in 2003

    8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA 98275

    (literally a stones throw from Paine Field -- in Everett, Washington)


    Boeing Assembly Plant Tour -- Start & Finish Point


    The Boeing Factory Tour is THE most popular venue in Snohomish County and in the top 4 on the bus Tour circuit in Seattle / Puget Sound

    now 300,000+ visitors annually from all over the world


    Buy tickets early: Yes, a ticket CAN be purchased at the door. However, tickets for the Boeing Tour sell out quickly. To ensure that one can take the tour on the date and time desired, they strongly advise buying tickets days / weeks ahead of time.


    You can buy tickets ....

    Tour Fees (check in advance in case of fee increases)


    Boeing Tour & Aerospace Gallery -- Ticket Prices

    $25 -- Adults (16-64)

    $25 -- Youth (15 and under)

    $15 -- Senior (65+ ID required)

    $23 -- Military (Military, ID required)


    Aerospace Gallery -- Ticket Prices

    $12 -- Adults

    $..6 -- Youth (15 and under)

    $..6 -- Student* (Student ID required / any age)

    $..0 -- Youth under 5 Free

    Free -- Institute of Flight Member (Membership plus photo ID required)

    Tour Days / Schedule

    • 360 days every year -- Monday through Sunday
    • Every 30 minutes = Tour Frequency
    • 90 minutes = Tour length
    • Transportation to / from factory = buses included in fee

    Tour Hours

    8:30 AM to 5:30 PM = Building Hours

    9:00 AM to 3:00 PM = Tours start & end stop


    Tour Restrictions (100% enforced)

    • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
    • 4 feet plus = minimum height (children, young adults)
    • NO = Still photos and video cameras, electronic devices (mobile phones, cameras, pagers) and personal items (purses, bags, backpacks) are NOT (never) permitted on the Boeing Tour. 

    Free lockers are available on-site.


    Institute (Future) of Flight Building

    • 73,000 square feet of interior space. 
    • A 28,000 square-foot, 48-foot tall gallery for exhibits and displays
    • A 9,000 square-foot rooftop observation deck (Strato Deck)  overlooking Paine Field with a panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains to the east, Possession Sound, Mt. Baker to the north, and Mt. Rainier to the south.
    • Conference space for 250 people; special event space for groups (up to as many as 1400 people)
    • A 125-seat café;
    • The Future of Flight Gift Shop (Washington State products)
    • The Boeing Tour center-- where assembly plant tours start and finish
    • A Boeing 240 seat theater
    • The Boeing Store
    • Future of Flight office space

    Historical Opening


    The Future of Flight Foundation (an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) was launched in 2003 with the objective of constructing a building and setting up a business structure.


    Design and Architecture

    • Freheit and Ho (Bellevue)
    • Krei Architecture (Seattle)

    General Contractor

    • Howard S. Wright Companies (Seattle)

    Wright (one of 7 bidders) is a 4th generation family firm (1885+) that was also the contractor on the Seattle Space Needle and the Grand Coulee Dam.

    • 11-01-2004 Construction Started
    • 12-17-2005 Building Opened

    The Future of Flight Aviation & Boeing Tour Center works in unison with Paine Field and partners with the Boeing Company and Snohomish County.



    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Everett, Washington

    Future of Flight & Boeing Tour Center

    aka Institute of Flight

    Aerial Photo

    Development and Support

    Top photo by AvGeek and helicopter pilot Joe Kunzler using a NIKON D5300 at 3,000 feet at Paine Field. Bottom photo was taken at the point of opening.


    Development History


    The Future of Flight Foundation (an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) was launched in 2003 and opened the brand-new Future of Flight & Boeing Tour and Aviation Center on December 17, 2005. The organization works in unison with Paine Field and partners with the Boeing Company and Snohomish County, the latter also providing leadership and partial funding through the Snohomish County Public Facilities District.


    The building project was honored by Northwest Construction magazine as the “Best Public/Private Project of 2005,” based on criteria including safety, innovation, and contribution to the community.


    Barry Smith


    The center was the brain child of Barry Smith, former banker and its first Executive Director (until his retirement in late 2013), who spearheaded the project from an idea to reality.


    What it takes: A review of the development of successful museums and aeronautical collections in the US all have at least five things in common:

    (1) an educated appreciation for the concept, (2) an innate ability to secure local support and high-level funding needed to monetize the venture, (3) an unwavering dedication and drive to get it done, (4) leadership with a passion, and (5) highly effective administrative team. The ability to secure funding is paramount. According to the consultants who have been instrumental in facilitating (guiding) the development of such ventures, these elements are imperative.


    A quick review of Smith’s climb in the business world to later become the founder and first Executive Director of the Future of Flight is intriguing.


    Below is Smith's biographical Summary 


    Life in Review: Barry Smith's family home was just houses away from what Mukilteo locals would call Nelson’s Corner – the intersection of Mukilteo Speedway and 84th Street SW. As Barry put it, his playground was an airport – at the top of the 84th Street hill plus one block. Then just a walk through this field covered with alder trees on the Mukilteo side of Paine Field Blvd. There, you could almost reach out and touch these cool fighter jets taking off and landing. It was a kid’s paradise. Home visits were mini vacations while at UW (1962-1966, BA in History) followed by a year of law school (Willamette). But, he stopped his schooling to take a job with Seafirst Bank (1967-69). He was assigned to the Trust Department where he was introduced to Charitable Remainder Trusts . But he still would make visits home – to see the building of the Boeing Assembly Plant.


    In 1969, the Army (Vietnam) caught up with Barry. He was drafted but passed some tests that resulted in his admission to the Army’s Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (German - Monterey, CA) where he earned a Conversational Fluency Certificate in German, He was sent to Germany to serve out his commitment. Then, he returned to Seattle to again work for Seafirst Bank’s trust Department as an Assistant VP focused on Charitable Remainder Trusts / deferred giving programs.


    From 1970 into the 1990’s, Smith moved from Seafirst through a number of investment houses (e.g., Boettcher Foundation, Dain Bosworth, Inc.), worked for the University of Puget Sound setting up and managing a deferred giving program -- then on to First Interstate Bank (which became Wells Fargo). His final banking position (Union Bank, 1998-2004) was dedicated to business and estate planning utilizing his refined expertise in maximizing high net worth individuals' charitable tax planning investments.


    The vision: Barry never lost site of his dream. Airplanes. He could visualize a facility at the top of 84th next to Paine Field. A show place. But orchestrating a funding program beyond just Boeing and Snohomish County, establishing connections with the right stakeholders, designing a structure, creating a profitable on-going venture – basically creating a long-term vehicle for his vision – now that was the challenge. That was another story.


    During his life-time, Smith had toured many museums and antique airplane collections, bending the ears of those who ran them. What would soon become his passion. He became a volunteer at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field under the direction of Ralph Bufano. It was through that experience that he was given an opportunity to study and even visit other groups, museums and memorials (e.g., the USS Missouri and the USS Arizona in Hawaii / Pearl Harbor), and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh) and work with numerous consultants in that field (e.g., BETS Consulting, The Seneca Group, and Andrew Bro).


    During the period 2001-2004, the meetings, consulting efforts, planning, and people who became involved in bringing this project to a reality became so complex that it would take may pages to do that time period justice. However, the following link on the Future of Flight website might give the reader some

    more / better incite.


    Copy and paste LINK: https://www.futureofflight.org/idea-takes-off


    The importance of others: Smith was always quick to note that a project of this magnitude could only have become a reality with the assistance or support of upwards of 100 individuals at many different levels (Smith's

    list of some key players noted below). Additional funds from Boeing and personal financial contributions (i.e., John Quinlivin, Ed Renaourd, Kevin Austin, Jim Ray, Erick Nelson and Melanie Jordon) provided the capital for important building additions not included in the original plans (e.g., Strato Deck, elevator, Flight Deck Room, bathroom placement, and a Gallery with a wall of windows).


    Once the building / center was under construction / in operation, Smith was assisted by some highly effective staff – CFO Bob Cooper, Marketing Director Sandy Ward, Special Project Director Ed Kaplanian, Office Manager Ann Averill, and many dedicated part-time employees and volunteer staff.


    Retirement: Faced with cancer and a complicated treatment protocol, Barry retired in 2013. But, to quote Barry, two fortunate things then happened -- almost simultaneously. His cancer treatment was successful. And contact by the family of an old friend of 30 years, Harold Hanson (1929-2010), gave him a second chance at airplane museum management. He agreed to take the reins (part-time) as President of Hanson’s legacy -- North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum (plus cars) in Concrete, WA (in the heart of the North Cascades National Park). His assignment would be to help the family set up a management structure. Hanson, a highly successful commercial real estate developer, had channeled his flying passion into the creation of a (35+ years) museum with 30+ restored pre and post WWII (fully operational) light vintage aircraft (e.g., Piper, Taylorcraft, Aeronca, Juscombe, Ryan, WACO, Stinson) prior to his death in 2010. After 3 years (2014 to 2017),


    Barry retired yet a a second time to spend more time with his family. Still, given his unique skill set, he set up a consulting business with the thought of helping other non-profits in need of development and/or direction via -- via his own firm (2018+), Charitable Gifting, LLC..


    Following Smith’s retirement, Bonnie Hilory became Executive Director (2014-January 2018). She led the organization though a re-branding process starting in 2015, changing the name to the Institute of Flight. The goal was to better clarify the organization's role in philanthropy with a mission of focusing on multi-generational local and international involvement through education, events, Aviation Center exhibits, and financial assistance. Subsequently, Jeff Van Dyck, a 20-year Boeing veteran in brand management & education, and past Future of Flight Board Chairman, took the helm as Executive Director.


    .Major Contributors to the development of the

    Future of Flight


    David Thomas "Dave" Waggoner: Smith worked closely with Dave Waggoner, a graduate (1966 BA, International Business) of UW / University of Washington and NPS / Naval Postgraduate School (Master's degree in finance). He was a 26-year naval veteran who flew the A-6 Intruder and served as operations officer on the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 and as Commander of the Whidbey Island Naval base.


    After retiring from the Navy as a captain in 1992, he became Director of Paine Field, a position which he served in for 22 years before retiring in 2014. Under Waggoner’s direction, Paine field airport revenues tripled, locally based aircraft doubled, and he was instrumental in securing over $85 million in Federal Aviation grants.


    During Waggoner's tenure, Paine Field was twice (1997 & 2003) chosen as the Airport of the Year and, in 2013, Waggoner was chosen Executive of the Year. The following quote from his nomination for this prestigious honor is perhaps his Legacy: "{Waggoner} has fostered great respectful relationships with local community leaders who are often times at odds with the airport over noise and environmental issues .... One of the greatest compliments paid to Dave has been from concerned (often angry) neighbors of the airport .... Numerous people have stood up in public meetings to decry the potential for development (commercial service), but then declare how much they appreciated the time Dave has taken to talk to them individually and hear their concerns and view points." Note: Both of the above honors were awarded by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.


    Following Waggoner's retirement, Arif Ghouse (with 25 years of aviation history) was appointed Airport Director. He previously worked in operations, security, and emergency management roles with the British Airports Authority (BAA) and also in the Houston Airport System and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. As of 2018, Ghouse manages a staff of 52 + a budget of $45 million.


    The Reverend Andrew "Andy" H. Bro: Bro, Principal and President of The Prentice Company, Lanark, IL, is a consultant who focused on capital fund raising campaigns for museums, preforming arts groups, churches, and other non-profits (e.g., the Kansas City Museum and Museum of Flight—where he secured the services of CEO Ralph Bufano, retired, for the city of Seattle).


    Many of Bro's consultations in later years involved Aviation Consulting & Museum Planning (e.g., the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor).

    In that regard, his most notable success involved facilitating the movement

    of a struggling antique airplane collection in Milwaukee to a 150-acre site between Milwaukee and Green Bay, WI. Specifically, he was involved in

    the structuring of the capital campaign for the development, design and construction of arguable the most notable and successful flight museum program and annual fly-in event in the US today, the EAA Aviation Museum – the product of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Oshkosh, WI.


    During his early years, The Reverend Bro was a Priest with the Episcopal Church whose involvement in museums was simply a product of a capital campaign for a local preforming arts group. An involvement that just sort of grew into a consulting business – by word of mouth.


    According to Barry Smith, Andy Bro, a true and respected friend, was perhaps the single most important individual to become involved in turning his childhood vision into a reality -- which is known today as the Future of Flight, Mukilteo, WA (a stone's throw from Paine Field's main runway).


    John T. Quinlivan, MA, Ph.D: John is a member (2018) of Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes Senior Advisory Group. This group provides insight and guidance to the Commercial Airplanes Leadership Team on market and competitiveness analysis, product strategy, process and tool deployments, organizational constructs and technical risk management. Quinlivan was President of the Future of Flight Board (2006-2007 and serves as a consultant with the title of Board Emeritus.


    Quinlivan is past VP and general manager of Boeing’s 747, 767 and 777 Programs and was the senior executive responsible for Boeing’s Everett facilities (retired 2005). He also served as co-chair of the Aerospace Cluster Working Group, Puget Sound Regional Council and as a member of the Snohomish County Executive’s Citizens Cabinet. John reported to four different Boeing Presidents over the years:

    • Philip M. Condit
    • Harry C. Stonecipher
    • James A. Bell (acting)
    • James McNerney  

    John was honored as the 2002 Corporate Executive of the Year by the Everett, Washington Chamber of Commerce and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Gonzaga University in 2004.


    Dan Rahkonen: Dan reported to John Quinilivan who assigned him to work with Smith on the development (including design and construction) of the Future of Flight center – and was a major contributor.


    In 2004, Dan was the Boeing project manager for the National Flight Interpretive Center (which later became the Future of Flight, working collaboratively with the Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field). He was elected to the Future of Flight Board in 2006, became President (2008-2012), and serves (2018) on the Board with the title “Board Emeritus”. He is currently the Project Manager for the Boeing 767 program – a key player tin the KC-46 Tanker Program (built on the 767 airframe).


    Bob Drewel: Drewel was a major supporter of the Future of Flight Project during his tenure as Chief Executive of Snohomish County (3 terms) from 1992-2004 (the county owns Paine Field). He was the previous past President of Everett Community College, a Founder and key player in the formation of the Puget Sound Community Council (started in 1991) and Sound Transit. He’s was a prominent player in aerospace matters and securing the 777x program for Everett. In 2008, the (then) recently completed County Administration Building was given his name (in honor of his many contributions to Snohomish County).






    Dan Clements: Dan Clements (my next door neighbor), Snohomish County CFO (1993-2003), was selected for the position by Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel (1992-2004) and his Deputy, Joni Earl (later CEO for Sound Transit from 2000 to 2016). While CFO for the cities of Auburn and Renton, Clements had developed a reputation for expertise on how to utilize LID’s / Local Improvement Districts to get needed area projects up and running – but more importantly -- funded (e.g., I-405 overpass near the Boeing 737 assembly plant). He was also very knowledgeable on how best to secure and use both revenue and general obligation bonds.


    In years previous, the Washington State Legislature had created a vehicle (PFD / Public Facilities District) by which localities (cities & counties) could utilize (re-direct) a portion of immediate area sales tax dollars to fund important local projects that often did not see the light of day through the state legislative process. The tool had never been used by a county and only a few cities, presumably because of the complexities of implementation. With Dan’s involvement, the county became the first in the state to take advantage of the PFD model -- an important tool for groups to finally secure financial support needed to launch import local projects (e.g., Lynnwood Events Center, Comcast Arena, AquaSox, Edmonds Center for the Arts).


    Dan was approached by Barry Smith (through Bob Drewel) about Smith's vision for the development of the Future of Flight utilizing funds from private donors, the county, Paine Field, etc. Dan immersed himself in the project and developed a financial model incorporating conservative projections required to gauge needed construction funding via the PFD model – while also tracking monthly expenses, income, and future maintenance expenses over extended periods of time (e.g., 25 years). As a result, realistic funding needs could be defined for both short and long-term requirements and the project cold move from a vision to reality.


    Toward the end of Drewel’s 3rd (and final) term, Dan left to take the position of CFO for the city of Edmonds. As an aside, Dan’s wife Karen was the CFO for the Port of Everett 18 years.


    Jake Schultz: Schultz has worn many hats for Boeing – e.g., marketing specialist and technical analyst on Boeing’s 787 program, to name a few. Jake was an early and constant supporter of the Future of Flight -- an informal cheer-leader and historian, with access to a wealth of Boeing marketing collateral. He provided invaluable assistance in a consulting role toward developing and implementing an effective marketing model for the center.


    Jake was also a major proponent of Boeing's official Historian and member of his staff, Michael Lombardi, the key individual involved in the development of the “The Boeing Room” at Seattle’s Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, Seattle).


    As an aside, in prior years, Schultz became part of a fascinating side adventure involving the Inventor of the Aerocar (1945-1949), Molt Tayor, 

    whom he met and with whom he became close friends. Taylor, a Navy pilot and aeronautical engineer who once designed military drone aircraft and developed early versions of air launched cruise missiles, envisioned a sky full of flying automobiles that could quickly convert into road cars after landing. His vision became a reality with the first flight of his Aerocar in 1949, The details of Taylor’s story have been captured in Schultz’s 2006 book (Amazon) entitled “A Drive in the Clouds -- the Story of the Aerocar”.


    Travis Snider & Barbara Earl: Principals, BETS Consulting, Inc (incorporated 1-1-1995), Mill Creek. The firm provides executive coaching services to corporate executives, elected officials and community leaders. Consulting services focus on building an effective management team, instilling employee pride, developing and employing profit strategies, building long-term company value, and community relations planning (creating public trust, responding to community needs, and enhancing company image).


    The BETS team provided critical consultative assistance to Smith in the creation of a strategic operational plan and complementary systems and procedures necessary to create a profitable business structure.


    It is noted that Snider served as President of the Snohomish County Public Facilities District (2001-20015) and was Lead Instructor for the Everett Community College Small Business Accelerator (2010-2016). Prior to 1995, Snider was a Partner and CPA with the accounting firms of Stave, Gilbertson, Hallgrimson & Snider (15 years) and Moss Adams (9 years).


    Barbara Earl is a member of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. She was also the former VP of Public Relations & Planning for Steven's Healthcare and Senior National Program Manager for Verizon Northwest (formerly GTE).


    Erik Nelson: Nelson has been a principal with a three generation,family owned automobile dealership, Lynnwood Honda, since 1984. This specific dealership was started by his father, Frederick Nelson, in 1981. The Nelson family has developed a great deal of respect for their on-going contributions to their local community. Erik was recognized as an astute business man, pilot, and important Board Member of the Snohomish County Public Facilities District (PFD).


    Nelson was a major supporter of Smith's vision for the FOF and utilized his own plane to fly Smith and PFD Board members to important functions

    (e.g., Museum of Flight, Tillamook Oregon Air Museum) in effort to secure commitment to the envisioned project.


    Sandy Ward: Sandy was the highly capable Sales & Marketing Director of the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour Center, Mukilteo WA, responsible for planning, development and implementation of annual marketing plans, strategies, communications, and public relations activities for the center (April 2005 until February 2017). Her success in her position, dedication and loyalty to the center was above and beyond expectations.


    Sandy was appointed by Washington’s Governor Christine Gregiore to the Washington State Tourism Commission. She also served as a Director on the Board for the National Council of Attractions (part of the US Travel Association), as a member of both the Puget Sound Attractions Council and the Washington Tourism Alliance long-term funding and advocacy committee. Sadly for the FOF, Sandy moved on and is currently the President and CEO of the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Bureau.


    In prior years, Sandy held the positions of Executive Director of Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau.

    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Everett, Washington

    Boeing Assembly PlantTours

    Starting from (at) the Future of Flight

    10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo, WA 98275gStatus 1-30-2018 || South Everett, Washington

    Photo of the 787 assembly line in Boeing's massive assembly plant in Everett.


    Boeing Tour: Boeing conducts between 7 and 14 assembly plant tours a day, 7 days a week (reservations A MUST). Tours begin at the Furture of Flight about 1/4 mile west of the plant -- in Mukilteo, about 28 miles from Seattle. Buses take individuals / groups to the plant for tours every 1/2 hour (demand dependent). Tours last about 90 minutes each. Also see Institute of Flight.


    777 Plant Size Expansion -- FYI: Given Boeing's move to build a composite wing for the Triple 7, more assembly space was needed. By January 1st, 2018, a building addition equal to 1/3 the size of the existing assembly plant (already acknowledged to be the largest building in the world) was ADDED to the previous structure -- to accommodate the requirements for on-site wing construction and assembly. |||| AP Photo / Warren


    Photos ---------------------------------

    (1) 12-20-2015 Boeing YouTube documentary / Flashback -- 777 pictured

    (2) Seattle Times 2016 Boeing Tour -- 777-300 ER Line pictured

    (3) 12-26-2014 Boeing Assembly Plant 787 line Thom Patterson, CNN -- annual Operation Geek Fest factory floor tour.

    (4) David Parker Brown / Airline Reporter 3-12-2014 -- Airplane Geeks 290; Photo shows group tour participants for annual event.

    (5) Julie Johnson / 4-7-2016 Bloomberg article -- 747 photo by David Ryder. 


    Tour Notes: daily 90 minute public Boeing tours do NOT allow participants access to the factory floor (safety / security). Future of Flight members (annual fee) and annual Geek Fest participants are allowed access to the floor, but no photos are allowed.


    Boeing Assembly Plant -- Everett, Washington

    Paul Allen's Flying Heritage

    and Combat Armor Museum

    Photo Sources: Flying Heritage web site and Google searches

    Established in 2004


    Biographical: Microsoft (a combination of the terms "microcomputer" and "software") was started in 1972 by second year college drop-outs Paul Allen (Washington State) and Bill Gates (Harvard) in 1972 and later incorporated April 4, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (later moving to Redmond). It's initial purpose was to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market (IBM microcomputers) with MS-DOS in the mid-1980's -- followed by Microsoft Windows. By 2018, the Redmond based company (137,000 employee world-wide) was recognized as the world's fourth-largest information technology company by revenue.


    Paul Allen (1-21-1953 to 10-15-2018; cause: non-Hodgkins lymphoma) left Microsoft and is the founder and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts (e.g., owner of the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Sounders). He is also the founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science,[7] Institute for Artificial Intelligence,[8] Institute for Cell Science,[9] and Stratolaunch Systems. His investment in EMP / Experience Music Project (re-branded as MoPOP), the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (plus 100's of other projects and major stock company investments). He was estimated to be the 6th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion.


    This brings us full circle to Allen's interests in vintage airplanes and combat equipment (e.g., tanks) best expressed through the efforts of Paul Allen's Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum located at 3407 109th Street SW,, Everett, WA 98204. Located on the Paine Field campus. this is a special collection of rare military aircraft, tanks and other military treasures made up of vintage military gear from Germany, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.


    Top photo: NATO-designated SS-1b Scud-A was a mobile, tactical, ballistic missile system developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s.


    Bottom Photo: The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch, Focke-Wulf Fw-190 A-5, and Messerschmitt Bf-109E-3 Emil on display outside Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection museum at Paine Field Everett, WA on Luftwaffe Fly Day, August 17, 2013.


    LINK: http://www.flyingheritage.com

    LINK: https://www.youtube.com/user/FlyingHeritageCo

    John Sessions' History of Flight Foundation

    John Session's Historic Flight Museum

    10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo, WA 98275

    Established in 2003

    Involvement:  John T. Sessions (Loyola Marymount University, UCLA Business School & Georgetown Law School) got his first taste in flying in 1983 while working as an attorney for a Seattle-area firm that served as counsel for aerospace giant Boeing. An invitation to visit the Boeing Field Flying Club and take a ride in a Cessna 172 resulted in flying lessons and then, according to Sessions. ".... it got out of hand after that.”


    Foundation: It was launched in 2003, updated in 2006 and opened to the public in 2010, The Foundation (501C3 Corp) features a collection of 12 rebuilt and flight-ready military and civilian aircraft manufactured between 1927 and 1957. But Sessions’ believes that it is the personal details that make the Foundation’s history come to life. Each plane in the collection either has a unique “backstory” (some packed with drama) or are prime examples of the roles aviation played during the 30 year period -- from Lindbergh’s Atlantic solo flight until the first flight of Boeing’s 707.



    Hours/Public Tours: 10 Am to 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday ($10-$15)
    Store: Books and DVD's on WW II fighters and bombers
    Volunteer Opportunities: Tour guides, event Marshals and restoration
    Member / Public Events: 19 day events (Example: April -September 2018)


    30 years || FROM: On May 21, 1927, Aviator Charles Lindbergh (age 25) landed his plane (“Spirit of St. Louis”) near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. TO:  Boeing’s 707 (first flight 12-20-1957), a mid-sized, long-range, narrow-body, four-engine jet airliner built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes that dominated the skies from 1958 to 1979 (140 to 219 passengers, range of 2,880 to 6,620 miles). It was the 707 that many credited with ushering in the jet age and established Boeing as one of the largest manufactures of passenger aircraft in the world.


    Passenger Plane Wikipedia Rank (size)

    1. Airbus (founded December 18,1970, headquarters -- Toulouse, France)
    2. Boeing (founded July 15, 1916, headquarters – Chicago, USA)
    3. Bombardier (founded January 29, 1942, headquarters – Montreal, CA)
    4. Embraer (founded August 19,1969, headquarters -- São Paulo, Brazil
    5. Tupoloev (founded October 22, 1922, headquarters – Moscow, Russia
    6. etal = Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream, Hawker Beachcraft, etc.

    Click on photo on right to see Video on flight of DC3

    See 3-02-2013 Flight to Fly Video of the restored inaugural flight of the recently restored (then) McDonald Douglas DC-3 (manufactured during the period 1943-1944), flown by the owner, John Session at Paine Field, Everett.


    Photo Acknowledgements: (1) Michael McAuliffe Photography, Historic Flight's B-25D Mitchell "Grumpy" 6-8-2014, and (2) Terry Green, Flicker, Grumman F7F Tigercat "Bad Kitty" (cn C.225 N6178C) with (on his tail) a P-51D (cn 45-11525) "Wal-Halla" ) flying during an HFF event at Paine Field on 9-29-2012

    Museum of Flight Restoration Center--Everett

    Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection -- A

    Airplane Restorations for Seattle's "Museum of Flight"


    Location: 2909 100th Street SW, Everett, WA 98204


    This 23,000 square-foot Seattle Museum of flight satellite facility consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who spend thousands of man hours each year, restoring aircraft to exhibition quality -- the planes then relocated to the "Museum of Flight" at Boeing Field, south of Seattle.


    Restoration Tours: Visitors get a look at all the labor that goes into aircraft restoration and a chance to talk to volunteers on site.


    Tours & Cost: are conducted Wednesday through Sunday during business hours (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM).at a cost of $3 to 5$.




    B-52G Stratofortress Bomber Restoration Timeline

    • July 26, 2017:  B-52G relocated within Paine Field -- from the grass behind Castle & Cooke Aviation where it sat for the past 24 years -- to Boeing’s Kilo-6 to begin restoration work.
    • August 17, 2017: Restoration team power washed exterior and outlines color blocks for a camouflage design.
    • August 24, 2017: The Global Jet Painting team begins restoring the aircraft’s original Vietnam-era livery.
    • August 30, 2017: Painting complete thanks to crew and experts of Global Jet Painting, Sterling Lacquer Manufacturing and Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings, without whom project would have been possible..

    B-52G History: The U.S. Air Force initially deployed the Boeing B-52 in 1955, which was designed as a nuclear-armed platform during the Cold War. The Stratofortress was used extensively in the Vietnam War, including during Operation Linebacker II in December 1972, a strike that was instrumental in bringing the Vietnamese government back into negotiations, resulting in the release of 591 U.S. prisoners of war in 1973.


    B-52G Home: The Museum’s Boeing B-52G Stratofortress 59-2584, nicknamed "Midnight Express" was built in 1960 one of only 193 G-models manufactured. It was in the first wave of Operation Linebacker II and accumulated 15,305 flight hours before its retirement. The aircraft was in service with the Strategic Air Command until it was placed on long-term loan with the Museum in 1991, where it has remained at the Restoration Center and Reserve Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington.


    Click on photo on right to see Video on restoration of B-52 Bomber

    Acknowledgements: (1) Two photos of Everett's Museum of Flight Restoration Center, (2) a June 6, 2016 photo by Island Miller of the inside of Seattle's Museum of Flight at Boeing Field -- the T.A. Wilson Great Gallery, and (3) a time-lapse VIDEO of the Paine Field based B-52G being painted by a restoration crew -- video provided by the Museum of Flight Restoration Center, Everett (click on photo to activate video).

    Restoration and  Last  Flight of Boeing's First 727

    Museum of Flight Restoration Center and Reserve Collection -- B

    Airplane Restorations for Seattle's "Museum of Flight"

    Restoration Center at Paine Field: Planes to be restored and taken or flown to the big Museum of Flight in Seattle (3rd / aerial photo) are restored at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The Vought F7U-3 Cutless (1st photo) and he first Boeing 727 (2nd photo and story that follows) are examples.  


    Restoration Story (the first 727): On the right is the very first Boeing 727 ever made. This very plane first rolled out of the factory November 27, 1962 and took its first flight (from Renton Field to Paine Field) February 9, 1963. It was then used for a year as a Boeing test flight aircraft before being delivered to United Airlines October 6, 1964. With United, It logged 64,495 hours and 48,060 take-offs and landings. Then in January 1991 (after being repainted to its original livery), N7001U flew from Boeing Field south of Seattle to Paine Field, where it resided (sitting outside, exposed to the elements) for over 29 years.


    Planned restoration work was tarted (1997) and stopped more than once over the years. Work was was hampered by the lack of 727 parts. United had removed many usable components to support their other 727's still in service.A new restoration effort started in May of 2004, after the donation of another 727 (N124FE, aka Marcella) from FedEx. That plane had the majority of the components needed, but additional parts had to be taken from three other 727s as well.


    Painting a weathered plane proved to be a challenge. Replacement wheels, brakes,and tires were issues, engines (plus spares) had to be obtained and parts exchanged. A flight crew had to be secured.


    The ultimate goal was to fly the aircraft one last time to Boeing Field, to first appear at Seattle's Museum of Flight historic event -- then placed on permanent display at the new Aviation Pavilion. On March 2, 2016, this aircraft made its last flight (from Paine Field to Boeing Field).


    Personal: I was at this much publicized event -- waiting for and then watching this plane's arrival at Boeing Field from Everett's Paine Field. Attendees could tour the inside the plane and then listen in on the ceremonies that followed (I probably took 50 photos). A Really a great day.


    Click on photo on right to see Video on restoration of first Boeing 727-100, now on display at the Museum of Flight


    Photos / Story Detail Acknowledgement: (1) 3-31-2011 photo by Ingo Warecke of a DSC-6111c / Vought F7U-3 Cutless being restored at the Restoration Center, (2) the First Boeing 727 photo and commentary -- details noted in 8-11-2015 story by Lauren Darnielle and David Parker Brown appearing in Airline Reporter and (3) A Getty Image / aerial photo of the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.


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