Union chief: 747-8, Machinists both ‘incredible’

The first flight of the 747-8 is a testament to the generations of Machinists at Boeing who have built the jumbo jet for 41 years, District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said.

“Today’s first flight of the 747-8 was very impressive,” said Wroblewski, who watched the first flight from Paine Field along with IAM&AW Aerospace Coordinator Mark Blondin. “The size, the speed, the power and the beauty of that plane are remarkable, and to know that our members put that plane together makes me very proud.”

In a statement posted on the union’s home page, Wroblewski noted that Union Machinists have been building the jumbo jets since the very first one took off from the same Paine Field runway, 41 years ago Tuesday.

Wroblewski praised Boeing workers for all they did to make the first flight possible — particularly those who are part of District 751. “The 747-8, and the Machinists Union members who build it, are nothing short of incredible.”
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