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For Release: December 8, 1995

Catherine Watson
(757) 864-6122

Release No. 95-113

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS

Boeing Executive to Discuss Teamwork in the Development of the 777

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Quick Look: Jim McWha, chief engineer of Flight Systems for The Boeing Company, will discuss how new concepts of teamwork helped speed the development of the new Boeing 777. McWha will speak to NASA Langley employees and retirees at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., Hampton. McWha will be also be available for interviews from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. at the Reid center.

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Jim McWha, chief engineer of Flight Systems in the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, will discuss the development of the new Boeing 777 at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. The Boeing 777 set a new standard for cooperation between Boeing and the airlines and suppliers, and between the engineering and operations groups within Boeing.

According to McWha, the 777 program relied on the "working together" spirit of its many teams, as well as the most comprehensive test program ever undertaken, to produce a service-ready airplane. McWha said the Boeing 777 is the largest twin-engine airplane ever certified on schedule for long duration, over-water flights, and is the first Boeing airplane to have a fully fly-by-wire control system.

McWha, as chief engineer of Flight Systems, is responsible for flight deck design, primary and secondary flight control systems, and automatic flight controls for all Boeing airplanes. McWha has worked for Boeing for 29 years.

McWha will be available for interviews from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Media who wish to interview McWha should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122. A fact sheet detailing NASA's technology contributions to the Boeing 777 is also available.

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