An Accomplished Career
Thomas Brian Parkinson of Umpqua, Oregon writes: A retired ex-aerospace engineer and ultimately a salesman with McDonnell-Douglas Corporation in Long Beach, CA. now relaxing in Oregon for the last 17 years. I started my career as an Apprentice Toolmaker with English Electric graduating to Draftsman/Designer at Warton, England when English Electric became part of British Aircraft Corporation along with Vickers and Bristol Aircraft. I worked on the Canberra, Lightning and TSR2 and for three years as Stress Engineer on the Concorde. I was hired by Douglas Aircraft Company, Long beach, CA, in 1966 as a Senior Engineer Scientist/Specialist in the Structural Mechanics Group performing analysis on the stretched DC-8s, DC-9's and DC-10s with the Landing Gear Group. In 1976, I was selected by the Marketing Group to work initially as a Sales Engineer in the domestic market and later moved to the international arena. I became a Project Manager for the US airlines, leading sales teams in developing proposal studies. Later I moved once more into the international area responsible for many of the Pacific & Asia accounts, later becoming a Sales Manager for that region. My last sale before retiring was for 4 MD-11's to China Airlines at a price of $500,000,000.00. I retired in 1994 to a 12 acre tree farm in South West Oregon. You will note my working outfit in the photo.
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