Thornton Wilson

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Thornton Wilson
Born (1921-02-08)February 8, 1921
Sikeston, Missouri
Died April 10, 1999(1999-04-10) (aged 78)
Palm Springs, California
Citizenship American
Alma mater Iowa State University (BS)
California Institute of Technology (MS)
Occupation Former CEO, Boeing

Thornton "T" Arnold Wilson (February 8, 1921 - April 10, 1999) was the Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of Boeing corporation.[1][2][3]

Born in Sikeston, Missouri, Wilson earned his B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Iowa State University in Ames and a master's degree from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.[3] He also attended the MIT Sloan School of Management's Sloan Fellows program, but did not graduate.[4] While attending Iowa State, Wilson was a member of the swim team.

Wilson was awarded the NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering in 1985 from the National Academy of Sciences.[5] In 1992, he was the recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for his distinguished contributions to commercial aviation.

Wilson joined Boeing in 1943 and worked on bomber programs, notably the swept-wing B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress, and also led the proposal team that won the contract for the Minuteman missile.[2] He became company president in 1968, chief executive officer in 1969, and chairman in 1972.[1] Wilson stepped down as CEO in 1986 at age 65, succeeded by Frank Shrontz,[3] and retired as chairman at the end of 1987.[6] He died at age 78 at his winter home in Palm Springs, California.[1]

The main glass gallery of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, opened in 1987, is named for Wilson.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Boeing's T.A. Wilson dies". Spokesman-Review. April 13, 1999. p. A8. 
  2. ^ a b Anderson, Peggy (April 13, 1999). "Former Boeing CEO dies at 78". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. p. 14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Boeing's T.A. Wilson stepping aside". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. February 25, 1986. p. 5. 
  4. ^ MIT Alumni
  5. ^ "J. C. Hunsaker Award in Aeronautical Engineering". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Boeing boss gets big raise". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. March 24, 1988. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "Air museum to open big gallery". Spokane Chronicle. Associated Press. July 6, 1987. p. A5. 
  8. ^ "VIP's expected for flight museum opening". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. July 9, 1987. p. 7. 
  9. ^ "Flight museum is open". Ellensburg Daily Record. UPI. July 11, 1987. p. 3. 

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Preceded by
William McPherson Allen
CEO of Boeing
Succeeded by
Frank Shrontz