RIP Joe Sutter : An Interview with the Father of the Boeing 747

Joe Sutter, Father of the Boeing 747

Joseph Sutter, rest in peace. The engineer who was regarded as the”Father of the 747″ was 95.

Airlines come and go, but one airplane, put in service in 1970 by Pan Am and designed and built by Boeing, is still flying, still being manufactured and, like Swiss Cheese or a Brooks Brothers suit, still looks the same. It is that ubiquitous, bulbous Cyrano of the skies, the Boeing 747.

Joe Sutter led a team of 4,500 (his number) engineers in designing what he called “the old ladies airplane” because not even granny is afraid to fly in it. We caught up with him in Hong Kong a few years back.

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Thirty Faces of Nepal

All Photos (c) Russell Johnson – Two Boys, Kathmandu

I  spent quite a lot of time in Nepal in the 1990s participating in heritage conferences and for the UN Development Programme on a project to reduce poverty through sustainable tourism. I met hundreds of people. Here are some of the faces that need the world’s help now more than ever.

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People We’ve Met: Beijing

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Photo ©2013  Russell Johnson

I met this man in Tienanmen Square in Beijing in 1987. It was my first trip to China. Among the crowds there, he stood out. We didn’t speak the same language but he graciously allowed me to photograph him. It was a time when most men still wore blue Mao suits. Nobody does that today.

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