Seattle Royal Aeronautical Society

4th Annual Joe Sutter Black Tie Dinner Lecture

Flight Testing the 777-200LR (and Other Tales of Adventure)

Capt. Darcy-HennemannLocation:  Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, Washington 98108-4097, Tel.: 206-764-5700

Date:  19 Nov, 2005

Time:  18:00

Summary:  Join us for a Celebration of Flight Testing the 777-200LR and the 10th Anniversary of the 777. (Also the once in a career, history making flight). The Informative, inspirational and humorous lecture by 777 flight test pilot on the inside story of being an Experimental Test Pilot (with the twist of being the first woman hired by Boeing in that capacity).

Speaker:  Capt. Darcy-Hennemann is an integral member of the 777 Program, contributing to the design, testing and certification of the initial airplane, new derivatives and added features and technologies of the award-winning Boeing widebody. She was promoted to her current position as 777 senior test pilot in Boeing Engineering Flight Test in 1998 and now serves as project pilot for the 777-200LR (Longer Range), leading the new derivative’s overall flight-test program. In 2003, Darcy-Hennemann tested the GE 90-115B engine on the 777-300ER (Extended Range), and led the 2003 development and launch of the Boeing electronic flight bag, which is the first step to being fully e-enabled. She has done extensive work supporting the 777’s original certification testing, including lead pilot on the final Boeing 777-200 to enter flight testing. In this capacity, she was responsible for the Rolls-Royce-powered 777's 1,000-cycle validation program – the equivalent of at least a year's worth of typical airline service – in the United States, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Suzanna took her first 777 flight in January 1995 and became a captain that same year, becoming the world’s first woman to achieve that distinction. In 1985, Darcy-Hennemann was named a Boeing Production Test pilot – the first woman hired in that capacity. In 1989, she became the first woman rated as a captain on the 747-400 and achieved captain status on the Boeing 737 and 757/767. Darcy-Hennemann graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. She and her husband reside in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.