Bob  Bogash


Bob with Chuck Yeager
   Bob with Chuck Yeager   

  Bob's "Baby" - - Boeing 737 Prototype - NASA 515     

Bob  Bogash,  retired after more than 30 years with the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, spent the last 9 years of his career as  the  Director  of  Quality Assurance for the Materiel Division.  In this position, Bob was responsible for the on-time production and quality  of all the non-Boeing produced hardware and software used on Boeing commercial jetliners.  More than 3000 outside suppliers in more than 20 countries delivered more than one billion parts a year to Boeing  production lines.  Bob organized this function from a zero baseline, ultimately staffing more than 35 worldwide offices with over 330 highly skilled professionals.  This business unit required management of an annual budget of $44.5 million.  

Bob developed  an all new quality system (known as the Advanced Quality System - AQS - or Boeing document D1-9000) that resulted in reducing defective parts by more than 50% over a four year period.  This system was so successful, it was adopted by more than 20,000 companies, many not in the aerospace industry, and was taught in more than 24 colleges and universities in four countries.  It ultimately became the quality standard for the aerospace industry in the United States as AS9100.  Recognized as a quality expert, Bob has lectured widely on the subject of quality.  In his worldwide talks, he has addressed as many as 6500 business and quality professionals in a single session.  He has been visiting lecturer at many colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, State University of New York, and the Sloan School of Management at M.I.T.

Bob spent more than 13 years in Customer Support where he held Field Service assignments in numerous locations including New York, Montreal, Gander, Newfoundland, Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Honolulu.  Some of his Boeing in-plant assignments have included 737 Factory Liaison  Engineering,  Flight  Test Engineering,  Engineering  Configuration Manager  for  the 757 airplane, Renton Division  Special  Projects  Manager,  and  Marketing Manager  for  Used  Airplane  Sales.  Bob took three different new model Boeing jetliners on extensive worldwide sales tours as the Tour Director.  He played a key role in gaining approval for two  pilot  flight  decks  and  the  use  of  twin-engine jetliners for extended operations (ETOPS.)  Immediately prior to  his final assignment,  he  was  Director of Technical  Quality  Assurance  for all of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he helped begin the transition of Boeing into a continually improving Total Quality system.    

Bob  graduated  from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S.M.E., and is a licensed fixed wing pilot and flight engineer.  Long active  in  the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bob was honored in September 1997 by being elected as an Associate Fellow.   He was nominated for this recognition by Alan Mulally, President of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.   He is also a Full Member of the International  Society of Air Safety Investigators.   His nominators for membership were Jerry Lederer, "Father of Aviation Safety" and John Purvis, long-time chief of Boeing's Air Safety Investigation.  Bob has participated actively in numerous aircraft accident investigations.  He continues his professional activities consulting with numerous aerospace companies.  

Bob was Chairman of the Aircraft Acquisition Subcommittee of the Museum  of Flight in Seattle.  Important aircraft Bob was able to obtain for the Museum include the Number One 727 and 747 airplanes, a de Havilland Comet 4C, a NASA F-104, a USAF Boeing B-52 bomber, and a US Navy Douglas A-4 Skyhawk flown by the Blue Angels.  Bob is most proud of his acquisition, in November 2003, of the British Airways Concorde G-BOAG, after a 19 year effort.  Bob has participated in the restoration of numerous historical aircraft including the Museum's B-17, N17W, and the Confederate Air Force's B-29 "Fi Fi".  Since retirement, Bob has become even more active in restoration and maintenance of many of the Museum's airplanes; is responsible for restoring the Number One 727 (currently in Everett, Washington) to flying condition; and maintained the Number One 737 airplane in an airworthy condition for 6 years at Moses Lake, Washington, until it was successfully flown to the Seattle Boeing Field Museum location on 21 Sept 2003.  In February 2004, Bob accepted the position of Airpark Manager (another volunteer job!) responsible for the care and maintenance of the Museum's collection of large transport airplanes, including the first 737, first 747, an American Airlines 727-200, the first jet Air Force One (a Boeing 707,) and the British Airways Concorde.  See Volunteer Page for detailed airplane descriptions.  He is an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

On Bob's front burner for the past 3 years has been acquisition of a Lockheed Super G Constellation, earlier in Toronto, now in restoration at Rome, New York, for the Museum.  Details here.  He's also on the hunt for a Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a Douglas DC-4, and, most ambitious of all, a Boeing Model 314 Clipper - see here.

After 28 years on a farm in Western Washington, where he and his  wife  Dot raised Suffolk sheep and Belgian draft horses for many years,  Bob and Dot have moved to their waterfront house on Puget Sound which he continues to remodel as a retirement home.  He is a diligent genealogist and an avid amateur radio operator. ( W7DDD )

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