AS BOEING STRUGGLES TO GET THE LATEST version of the 747 to first flight, there is more than a touch of deja vu to the situation, recalling as it does events in Seattle 40 years ago this past February when the first 747 took to the air. Across a span of four decades, the company confronts similar issues on the 747-8, as strained engineering resources and delays dog the program again. In the late 1960s, Boeing's resources were stretched to the absolute limit as its engineers grappled with ...

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