EWP: Boeing Education Network (BEN)
New broadcast series on
‘History of Airplane Design’
By Maria Nelson
Ed Wells Partnership SPEEA co-director
The “History of Airplane Design” webinar series, hosted by the Ed Wells Partnership through the Boeing Education Network
(BEN), includes four individual webinars, each
focusing on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries.
During each webinar, Jan Roskam, Ph.D., the
Ackers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of
Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas,
provides interesting facts and historical details on
a wide variety of airplane development programs,
industry innovations, successes and failures.
This is your opportunity to learn from a legend
in aircraft design about how some of today’s best
known companies got started, persevered or went
bankrupt, merged or made it on their own.
Plan to view the broadcasts either live at the dates
listed below (from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each
date), or you can watch the recorded broadcast
This session is an overview of five of the
industry’s pioneering companies: Vultee,
Consolidated, Convair, General Dynamics and
Roskam will discuss each company’s contributions to the development of both military and
commercial airplanes, from Vultee trainers and
fighters to the Consolidated flying boats and
bombers, Convair bombers and commercial airliners, General Dynamics fighters and bombers
and Chance-Vought fighters.
History of Airplane Design – 2
Thursday, June 8
Learn how Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and
William Piper built up their companies to dominate general aviation manufacturing. You will also
learn more about Cessna successes, including the
immensely popular training, personal transportation and business airplanes, the pioneering T-37
military jet trainer and its attack derivative, as
well as the Citation jet series of business airplanes
and the Caravan passenger and cargo turboprops.
History of Airplane Design – 3
Thursday, Sept. 14
Hear an overview of the contributions of five of
Germany’s major airplane companies to military
and civil aviation before, during and after WWII.
Learn more about:
• The Messerschmitt pioneering Taifun
personal travel airplane and the famous
Bf-109 fighter which followed it, along
with the Messerschmitt Amerika bomber
and its Gigant transport airplane
• The Heinkel 111 bomber, its 111z
Zwilling derivative tow-plane, the He 177
Greif bomber along with the Heinkel
pioneering jet-powered airplane, the
He 178 of 1938 as well as its He 162
Salamander WWII jet fighter
• The innovative Focke-Wulf Fw 19 “Ente”
canard airplane and the Fw 189 Uhu
twin-boom reconnaissance airplane
• The first all-metal Junkers airplane,
the F- 13 of 1919
• The forward swept wing, four
engine jet bomber, and the Ju 287
Learn how today’s Northrop-Grumman suc-
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ceeded and how Republic and Fairchild met
their demise. Find out more about:
• How Grumman became the prominent
carrier airplane provider with its famous
“cats”: Wildcat, Hellcat, Tigercat and
Bearcat of WWII and the Panther,
Cougar, Tiger and Tomcat
• Why the world’s first variable swept wing
airplane, the Grumman XF10F Jaguar failed
• How the experimental, forward swept
wing X-29 was developed
• The failure of the XP-56 Black Bullet
• Various flying wings culminating in the
post WWII Northrop B-35 and later the
B- 2 flying wing bombers
Go to the Ed Wells Partnership website (edwells.
web.boeing.com), click on “BEN Broadcasts”
and then “History of Airplane Design” for
links to view the live or recorded broadcasts.
Rep looking out
When Seattle Council Rep Joseph Asaif
was hit by a bus while
driving home from work
in February, he had three
broken ribs and sternum.
As the emergency responders tried to get him out of
the car, all he wanted to do
was to go and check if the
bus driver was OK and if
there were any children on board the bus first
before he was transported to the hospital.
“I’m more worried about other people than
myself,” he said.
That says a lot about why he continues to serve
as a Council Rep and signed up for another two
year term after 27 years in this role.
“I do it because I dislike seeing anyone being
taken advantage of (if they’re not sure of their
contractual rights),” he said.
He has been working in Plant II area, as a technician, became a member soon after starting at
Boeing in 1986. His Council Rep at the time
recruited him to become an Area Rep and then
urged him to run for the Council position in a
few years later.
He’s been a Council Rep for so long, he remembers when the term was one year instead of two.
The longer terms are a welcome change, he
noted, to give newer Council Reps more time
to gain and build experience in the role – particularly with contract questions or Weingarten
rights to representation in case of discipline,
• Stay positive
• Find a Council Rep mentor
• Take the time to listen
“What we’re here for is to try to put out fires
– especially disciplinary issues,” he said, about
the Council Rep role. He even tries to build
relationships with Human Resources Generalists
to prevent an issue from escalating.
He stays positive by reminding himself about
others who may be worse off. The accident, for
example, could have been worse. Luckily, no
students were on the bus at the time.
As a result of the accident, he had to take a few
weeks off on leave and then came back to work
for shorter days (six hours a day at first, and now
seven hours a day). He learned some new terms
such as subrogation (regarding insurance reimbursement), and rehabilitative pay (a Boeing
benefit). “Now that I’ve learned about these,
I can pass that information along to others.”