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THORNTON A. WILSON
Pages 369-372

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From page 370...
... Having led the Boeing Company to leadership in the aerospace field, his impact on the technology and business of aerospace around the globe was indeed remarkable. Born February 8, 1921, in Sikeston, Missouri, T, as he was called, was a farm boy and a true Missourian -- the proper name for natives of the "Show-Me" state.
From page 371...
... He joined Boeing that year, leaving briefly for a teaching assignment and advanced study at Iowa State and a year at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his master's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1948. The first Boeing airplane to bear a significant Wilson imprint was the dramatically new B-47 swept-wing bomber.
From page 372...
... In 1985 he received both the National Academy of Sciences Award in Aeronautical Engineering and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal, and the following year he was selected for the Wings Club Distinguished Achievement Award. In 1987 the Museum of Flight in Seattle named a newly constructed glass gallery after Wilson, who led the original funding effort to construct the 143,000-square-foot glass and steel showcase.


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