I hired in at Minot North Dakata in 1974 of all places, I worked in the Minuteman program, traveling around the Midwest working on missle silos, until the government shut it down in 1980. They offered me a job in Seattle at a much lower wage (grade 9 with per diem down to a grade 2), but I refused it and got on the phone with some old friends that had already been transferred to Wichita, KS and got a better offer, still at a lower wage, but not as bad. I worked as a modification mech. until 1984, when I went into management. I worked the AF 1 program from day one until the first one was complete and ready to move to Seattle, by then I was sick of Wichita, so I told the wife that I was going to transfer to Seattle and she was welcome to come along if she wanted to, but she said she was happy where she was at (actually there was more to it than that). We got a divorice, I transferred to Seattle in 1989, worked the 747 and 767 programs in management until 1992 when I got fed up with the bull s**t and went back to my tool box and cruised into retirement in 2003. That was the short and boring version, the long and more descriptive version only comes with adult refreshments. With or without complaints, Boeing has provided me with a good life and a new wife. I had motorcycles all along, but retirement gave me the opportunity to start cruising the country.