The US-UK special relationship is alive and well and flourishing at Farnborough. Five Boeing executives will today receive fellowships of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the UK's long-established aerospace learned body. Jim Albaugh, John Hayhurst, George Muellner, Mike Sears and Mo Yahyavi are all being honoured for their outstanding contributions to the aerospace industry.

And yesterday the US company announced that it had set up R&D relationships with three UK universities – Cambridge, Sheffield and aerospace specialist institution Cranfield.

The new RAeS fellows form part of Boeing's top leadership. Albaugh is chief executive of the newly created Boeing Integrated Defence Systems (IDS). Hayhurst is president of Air Traffic Management. Muellner heads Air Force Systems within IDS. Sears is the corporation's chief financial officer and Yahyavi is vice-president, propulsion systems for commercial airplanes.

Researchers at the three British universities will work on a variety of advanced information, aeronautics and manufacturing projects. Boeing has concluded multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreements with the three institutions and plans to identify "executive focal points" for its presence in each. "These relationships reflect our great respect for the quality of research being done in British universities and the growing strength of our relationship with the UK," Boeing chief executive Phil Condit said yesterday.

Source: Flight Daily News