‘Father of the 747’ Passes Away

Joe Sutter, the former chief engineer of Boeing’s 747 program, died at the age of 95. Dubbed the “Father of the 747” by the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Sutter is credited with leading the development of the first widebody aircraft. That in turn led to the era of mass air travel. In 1985, Sutter received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Ronald Reagan and he retired the next year.