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John passed away on April 13, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. John retired from Boeing on April 1, 1998 as President of Boeing Space Systems. Most of the members of our group will recall John for his leadership of Autonetics where he was an integral part of our professional experience at Anaheim. After retirement, John did not forget his Autonetics roots and played a major role in the design and construction of the Autonetics Monument. He will be missed by the Autonetics retiree community. Follow this link to read the article from the Boeing News summarizing his career which was published shortly after his death.  




As those of you who are able to attend our lunches know, as Boeing vacates the Anaheim site, a group of Anaheim alums thought it would be appropriate to leave some sort of monument on the site to commemorate what has been accomplished there. This group has been working diligently with the Boeing and the city of Anaheim to this end. Due to complicating factors, achieving this has not been straight forward. However, all the hard work came to fruition on Aug. 3, 2010 with the formal dedication of the monument. This date was chosen as it was the 52nd Anniversary of the first submarine to transit under the North Pole which was made possible by the use of an Autonetics Inertial Navigation System. The dedication was attended by representatives of Boeing, retired Autonetics management, the City of Anaheim and hundreds of Autonetics retirees.   

For those of you not able to attend the dedication and wishing to visit the Monument, it is located at 3195 E. La Palma. (See satellite view below.) In addition, the City of Anaheim has agreed to rename a street in the old Autonetics complex in recognition of history of the location. The street formerly known as Orchard Way has been renamed Autonetics Way. (Top right of satellite view.) Additionally, the on site roadway adjacent to the monument has been named Autonetics Place. To view photographs of the Monument, follow this link.     


Several Alums of the Autonetics Campus have gone on to fill important management positions in the new Boeing Organization. Three of them are listed below with a description of their Boeing responsibilities. We hope that their success in Boeing can be attributed in part to their Autonetics experience.

Jim Albaugh - Jim is executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He is responsible for all of the company's commercial airplanes programs and related services. Named to this position effective September 1, 2009, Albaugh, 59, is a member of the Boeing Executive Council and serves as Boeing's senior executive in the Pacific Northwest. Note: Jim has announced his retirement from Boeing effective 10/1/2012





Rick Stephens - Rick is Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company. Stephens, a 30-year Boeing veteran, also is a member of the Boeing Executive Council.

Named to this position in 2005, he oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based, $60.9 billion, 159,000-person commercial airplane and defense company.




Debbie Rub - Debbie Rub is The Boeing Company vice president and general manager of Missiles & Unmanned Airborne Systems (MUAS), a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft organization. Rub was appointed to this position in September 2010 and leads the division comprised of four major businesses of Direct Attack, Cruise Missile Systems, Terminal Missile Defense, and Unmanned Airborne Systems including Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary. The division is headquartered in St. Charles, Mo.

Rub is responsible for leading a portfolio of programs, including Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Small Diameter Bomb (SDB), Harpoon, Aegis Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Kinetic Warhead, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Seeker, A-160 Hummingbird, ScanEagleŽ, and IntegratorTM. Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems facilities are located in Bingen, Wash.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Huntsville, Ala.; Mesa, Ariz.; Puget Sound, Wash.; and St. Charles, Mo.



Boeing taps salesman Conner to run commercial planes

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) appointed a new head of its commercial plane unit on Tuesday, turning to a veteran engineer-turned-salesman to help gain the upper hand in its battle with Airbus for the $100 billion-a-year aircraft market.

The surprise move, just weeks before the Farnborough Airshow, comes as Boeing attempts to ramp up production of its civil aircraft, including the troubled 787, and regain its leading position in the key single-aisle market after losing a large American Airlines order to rival Airbus.

Boeing said Raymond Conner would be the new head of its best-known unit with immediate effect, replacing another longtime Boeing executive, Jim Albaugh.

Conner, 57, joined Boeing in 1977 as a mechanic and worked his way up the company's engineering, supply chain and marketing groups to become head of sales. Albaugh, 62, who came to prominence at Boeing's defense operations, is to retire on October 1 -- three years before Boeing's standard retirement age -- after 37 years with the company.

The move was greeted positively by industry analysts, who applauded the appointment of a sales-oriented head in place of the engineering-minded Albaugh.

"Commercial aircraft sales is a very customer-centric job," said Carter Leake, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets. "Conner is more from true-blue aircraft sales than Albaugh. Arguably Conner has touched more Boeing customers than any person in the entire company."


One industry source said Albaugh wanted to hand over the reins now so that his successor would have a chance to represent Boeing at Farnborough, one of the most important events in the company's calendar where it will be under pressure to announce new orders.

"It's a good time to step aside and open the door to increased effort on sales where Conner has most recently focused his attention," said Stifel Nicolaus analyst Stephen Levenson.

Conner was only recently appointed to his second stint in the top sales job after a shake-up prompted by Airbus marching into core Boeing territory last July and persuading American Airlines to buy 260 of its narrow-body A320s, alongside 200 Boeing 737s.

The 737 is the work-horse for most airlines and Boeing's biggest cash generator, but Boeing upset some customers by delaying a decision on what to do with its replacement, eventually deciding to follow Airbus and offer a revamped version, called the 737 MAX, instead of building an all-new airplane .

Since the launch of the MAX last August, the quiet-spoken Conner has led Boeing's rebound in the aircraft market and the company is expected to outsell Airbus this year for the first time since 2006, largely on the back of orders for the MAX.

After Farnborough, Conner must turn his attention to Boeing's audacious attempt to ramp up production of its revolutionary, carbon-fiber 787 to 10 a month by the end of next year from 3.5 a month now, as well as oversee increased production of 737s and 777s.

In a memo to Boeing employees sent on Tuesday and obtained by Reuters, Conner said he aimed to focus on delivering the planes in Boeing's bulging order book.

"Our job going forward together in the near term is to stay the course on the product and services strategies that have resulted in our record backlog, and to turn up the gain on performance and execution to ensure we meet our commitments," said Conner in the memo.


One analyst said Albaugh's retirement signaled a broader process of management change at Boeing.

"The generational shift in Boeing management is now almost done, with only CEO Jim McNerney left of the old guard," said Rob Stallard at RBC Capital Markets. "Who succeeds him remains to be seen, but Boeing now has two relatively new and capable executives heading each division, and each could be vying for the top slot in due course."

Dennis Muilenburg took over as head of Boeing's defense, space and security unit in 2009, when Albaugh left to take charge at the commercial airplanes unit as the company looked for a steady hand to guide the early production of the troubled 787 Dreamliner program.

Industry-watchers agree that Albaugh achieved that, while he also brought the new 747-8 jumbo to market and presided over an unprecedented labor agreement at Boeing's volatile Seattle-area plants.

Albaugh's support was key to Boeing's winning back a multibillion-dollar U.S. Air Force contract to build 179 new refueling planes that had been awarded to Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE:NOC) and its European partner, Airbus parent EADS.

"Realistically, he's accomplished everything he was trying to do at Boeing Commercial Aircraft," said defense consultant Loren Thompson at the Lexington Institute.

One senior industry official said Albaugh likely wanted to exit Boeing at the "top of his game".

"He's run Boeing defense. He's run Boeing commercial, and he's not going to be CEO at Boeing."

(Additional reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris, Karen Jacobs in Atlanta, Andrea Shalal-Esa in Washington and A. Ananthalakshmi in Bangalore.; Editing by Matthew Lewis, M.D. Golan and Richard Pullin)



HEATH, Ohio, April 26, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today marked the opening of a new Electrostatically Supported Gyro (ESG) repair line at the company's Heath facility. The new line increases the capability of the skilled workforce and equipment already in place for the repair and maintenance of the U.S. Navy's Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator (ESGN, or Trident Navigation System).

"As the sole supplier of navigators for the U.S. Navy's ballistic missile submarine fleet, we believe this new line will allow for a long-range sustainable advantage in product maintenance while we develop the next generation of ultra-high-precision inertial systems," said Joe Carlin, vice president of Boeing subsidiary Argon ST.

A key component of all Navy Trident submarines, the ESGN, which started production more than three decades ago, is the world's most accurate inertial navigation system. The new facility includes approximately 14,000 square feet of space dedicated to the ESG Stable Platform Housing refurbishment and test program, as well as space for modification, repair, maintenance and storage.

"Ohio class submarines have been patrolling the world's oceans with the Trident II (D5) missile system for 30 years, serving as a credible strategic deterrence against enemies," said Rear Admiral Terry J. Benedict, director of the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs. "The Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator has successfully supported this mission by supplying the Trident Weapon System with critical information."

Today's event also celebrated Boeing's commitment to the Heath community. Boeing made $4 million in improvements and upgrades at the facility, which also received investments from the Ohio Department of Development, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, and American Electric Power. The Heath facility is Boeing's Center of Excellence for maintenance, repair and overhaul of guidance and navigation systems, inertial instruments and platforms.

Under the current contract, Argon ST employees are scheduled to conduct ESG repair and maintenance at the facility until 2025.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 62,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.




OKLAHOMA CITY, April 9, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $55.3 million production contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the B-1 Lancer navigation system. The upgrade will replace the original navigation hardware with a new ring laser gyro system.

"We are no longer using a spinning mass gyro," said Rick Greenwell, B-1 program director for Boeing. "The new inertial navigation system uses a ring laser gyro with no moving parts to wear out and repair. This upgrade will dramatically increase system reliability."

Under the three-and-a-half year contract, Boeing will deliver hardware modification kits and perform retrofits at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. Initial aircraft modification is scheduled to begin in January 2013 and be completed by mid-2015.

Development program flight tests were completed on July 13, 2011. Boeing will begin purchasing upgrade kits immediately.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 62,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.



CHICAGO, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today the launch of its first official app for iPad, 'Milestones in Innovation', now available on the App Store. The app brings nine decades of aviation innovation to iPad through beautiful imagery and an interactive timeline.



"This is the history of Boeing as a digital coffee table book," said Fritz Johnston, Boeing's vice president of brand and advertising. "iPad's amazing Retina display makes it the perfect canvas to present this visually stunning narrative."

Starting with Bill Boeing founding the company in 1916 and culminating with first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner, the free app depicts advances that have transformed the world and made Boeing one of the most respected companies. The app also includes four videos from Boeing's "Inspiration to Innovation" series (

In addition, Boeing recently began distributing stories, photos, and videos through Flipboard, Apple's 2010 App of the Year. To follow Boeing on Flipboard users can search for and select "BoeingStories" from that app's content guide, which is accessible via the red ribbon at the top of the screen.

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. It has customers in 150 countries and employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

The Boeing 'Milestones in Innovation' App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at



OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 27, 2012 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1 bomber aircraft has completed its 10,000th combat mission. The heavy bomber entered service with the U.S. Air Force on June 29, 1985, and has been in nearly continuous combat for the past 10 years. The milestone mission took off from a base in Southwest Asia and was flown in support of operations over Afghanistan before returning to base.

"The B-1 brings tremendous flexibility to our nation's defense," said Lt. Col. Alejandro Gomez, mission team lead. "In any mission, the B-1 has the ability to loiter, dash, positively identify targets, show force, and strike targets precisely. Whatever our aircrews are asked to do, they can perform with this aircraft."

B-1 crews in Southwest Asia fly a variety of missions, including close air support for troops on the ground, giving them cover and alerting them to threats they cannot see. On-site maintainers keep the fleet ready to fly.

"10,000 conventional combat missions for a relatively small fleet of 66 B-1s is a major milestone and a testament to the men and women who built, sustain and modernize the fleet, including the U.S. Air Force, Boeing and our subcontractors," said Rick Greenwell, Boeing B-1 program director. "We continue to draw on expertise and experience from across Boeing to enhance our support of this amazing aircraft."

The B-1 bomber has advanced over the years as it is modified for current needs. The aircraft began as a nuclear bomber and moved into a solely conventional role in the 1990s. It carries the largest payload in the Air Force's long-range bomber fleet -- during Operation Iraqi Freedom, it dropped 40 percent of all weapons while flying only 5 percent of the sorties.

Today's B-1 can carry a mixed load of weapons in each of its three bays. Its long range allows it to base far from the conflict and loiter unrefueled for long periods. Its swept wings allow it to fly fast, slow, low or high as the situation demands. With only four crewmembers required, missions can rapidly be adjusted in flight to keep up with adversaries. The radar and targeting pod can be used for positive target identification and the aircraft can employ a variety of other weapons, including Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), Laser JDAMs, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles-Extended Range, and BLU-129 warheads.

"The B-1 fleet and crews have readily adapted to an ever-changing environment to accomplish this 10,000th combat sortie milestone," said Greenwell. "This aircraft has proven its ability to continue to evolve and be effective well into the future."

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 62,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.


X37b Orbtial Test Vehicle

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space vehicle that will be used by the United States Air Force to explore reusable vehicle technologies in support of long-term space objectives. These objectives include space experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development. Boeing's involvement in the program began in 1999.

The Rapid Capabilities Office of the U.S. Air Force is the customer for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The program transitioned to the U.S. Air Force in 2004 after earlier funded research efforts by Boeing, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Boeing's Experimental Systems Group, a unit of the Space and Intelligence Systems division, is the prime contractor for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.

General Characteristics

The X-37B is one of the world's newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Designed to operate in low-earth orbit, 110 to 500 miles above the Earth at a nominal speed of about 17,500 miles per hour, the vehicle is the first since the Space Shuttle with the ability to return experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis.

Because the X-37B can be returned to Earth, reused, and is designed to be highly flexible and maneuverable, its contributions to space exploration will result in making space access more routine, affordable and responsive.

The X-37B features many elements that mark a first in space use. The X-37B is one-fourth the size of the Space Shuttle, and relies upon the same family of lifting body design. It also features a similar landing profile. The vehicle was built using lighter composite structures, rather than traditional aluminum. A new generation of high-temperature wing leading-edge tiles will also debut on the X-37B. These toughened uni-piece fibrous refractory oxidation-resistant ceramic (TUFROC) tiles replace the carbon carbon wing leading edge segments on the Space Shuttle. The X-37B will also use toughened uni-piece fibrous insulation (TUFI) impregnated silica tiles, which are significantly more durable than the first generation tiles used by the Space Shuttle. Advanced conformal reusable insulation (CRI) blankets are used for the first time on the X-37B.

All avionics on the X-37B are designed to automate all de-orbit and landing functions. Additionally, there are no hydraulics onboard the X-37B; flight controls and brakes use electromechanical actuation.

The on-orbit duration of the X-37B will vary based upon mission requirements, but has the ability to perform missions lasting up to 270 days.

The first vehicle, OTV-1, was launched April 22, 2010. The objectives of the first flight were to demonstrate that the X-37B is able to conduct long-duration operations, and to enable scientists to understand the long-term effects on system components, such as the structure and future payloads. The successful first flight included achieving orbit, de-orbiting, and safely landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The successful landing and recovery of OTV-1 occurred on Dec. 3, 2010. The second vehicle, OTV-2, was successfully launched on March 5, 2011. OTV-2 made a successful landing at VAFB on June 16, 2012 after some 15 months in orbit. It has been reported that a third mission, OTV-3, will be launched October 25, 2012.

For more information, read the X-37B overview.

Boeing Involvement

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle was built at several Boeing locations in Southern California, including Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and El Segundo.

The X-37B orbital test vehicle program began in 1999, when Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began researching the vehicle concepts. Later, DARPA divided the program into two vehicles, an X-37 approach and landing test vehicle (ALTV) and an X-37 orbital vehicle. The X-37 ALTV was designed to validate flight dynamics and extend the flight envelope beyond the low speed/low altitude tests conducted by NASA from 1998 through 2001 on the X-40A, a sub-scale version of the X-37 developed by Air Force Research Labs. DARPA completed the X-37 ALTV program in September 2006 by successfully executing a series of captive carry and free flight tests from the Scaled Composites White Knight aircraft. The X-37 orbital vehicle envisioned by NASA was never built, but its design formed the basis for the Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle program.


In Orbit H, 9 feet, 6 inches
L, 29 feet, 3 inches
Wing Span, 14 feet, 11 inches
Experiment Bay Size 7 feet by 4 feet
Launch Weight 11,000 pounds
Orbit Range Low-Earth Orbit, 110 -- 500 miles above Earth


B1-B Lancer