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Joe Sutter, Boeing's “father of the 747”, died at 95

Joe Sutter, Boeing's “father of the 747”, died at 95Joe Sutter, the leader of Boeing Co's engineering team that developed the world's original 747 jumbo jet in the mid-1960s, died on Tuesday at the age of 95, Boeing said.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner in a message to employees described Sutter "one of the giants of aerospace."

"His team, along with thousands of other Boeing employees involved in the project, became known as the Incredibles for producing what was then the world's largest airplane in record time - 29 months from conception to rollout… It remains a staggering achievement," Conner said.

Sutter also worked in other major plane projects at Boeing, including the Dash 80, the 707 and the 737, according to the company.

Sutter retired from Boeing in 1986 but he continued to serve the company as a consultant.

"By then, his hair was white and he moved a little slower, but he always had a twinkle in his eye, a sharp mind and an unwavering devotion to aerospace innovation," Conner said.
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