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Joe Sutter, Father of Boeing’s 747 Jumbo Jet, Dies at 95

  • Career spanned propellers planes to iconic Queen of the Skies
  • ‘He dearly, dearly loved that airplane,’ former CEO says
Boeing 747 engineer Joe Sutter interviewed in 2012.

Boeing 747 engineer Joe Sutter interviewed in 2012.

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Joe Sutter, the Boeing Co. engineer who ushered in the modern era of long-range travel by spearheading the 747 jumbo jet in the 1960s, has died. He was 95.

“Joe lived an amazing life and was an inspiration – not just to those of us at Boeing, but to the entire aerospace industry,” Ray Conner, chief executive officer of Boeing’s commercial airplane division, told employees in a message announcing the death Tuesday. Airbus Group SE hailed him via Twitter as “a pioneer in the industry.”