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Saturday, August 1, 2015
Retired from Boeing
Yesterday was my last day on the payroll at Boeing. I am now officially retired.
I worked for Boeing as an Aerospace Engineer for a little over 33 years. I also had five years in the Air Force. One of the best things about the Air Force and Boeing was getting to work on different programs every few years. This post is a summary of the different jobs I had.
My first assignment in the Air Force was on the Global Positioning Positioning System (GPS). I worked in El Segundo, California in the Space Segment. We developed the first GPS satellites.
GPS was launched on Atlas E and F rockets. I took part in six different launches from Vandenberg AFB and also worked early orbit operations from Sunnyvale.
I got out of the Air Force and went to work for Boeing. My first job was in Wichita, Kansas. I worked on the B-52 bomber developing a new digital autopilot and went on some flight tests.
Then we transferred to Washington. I worked on a classified program launching NRO satellites on Titan IV rockets. I took part in two launches from Cape Canaveral. This was my favorite program and I got to take several extended trips to Cocoa Beach.
After that I worked on the Boeing Inertial Upper Stage (IUS). I took part in two Titan 4 and 1 Space Shuttle IUS launches.
On the space shuttle launch I worked in Mission Control during the launch countdown.
After that I worked on the Sea Launch program. My second favorite, and took part in six Sea Launch Zenit launches
Next I worked on Connexion by Boeing (CBB) putting Internet services on commercial airliners
After that I worked in the Systems Engineering functional group and consulted on various programs and did SE audits.
My last program was P-8 Poseidon, which is a Navy submarine killer. I worked as the Export Technical Release focal and then on the simulators.
So that's it for Boeing. I'm really excited to be going into retirement and for the chance to go on a mission to the Philippines.