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Thornton “T.A” Wilson

  • Joined the Boeing Aircraft Company as a junior engineer in 1943.
  • Helped to develop the pressurized “Stratocruiser” airliner, which later went into service with Pan American Airlines. 
  • Promoted to Senior Group Aerodynamics Engineer on the B-47 and later became Senior Group Engineer on the preliminary design of supersonic bombers.
  • Served as Senior Project Engineer of the B-52 in 1958.
  • Elected President at Boeing in 1968 where he produced the 707, 727, and 737 jetliners and military aircraft.
  • Elected Chairman of the Board in 1972 and the company rebounded due to sales of the 747.
  • Awarded the Collier Trophy with the Boeing Company in 1982 for the Boeing 767 and 757.

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