Airport director George Petrie (left)and Don Bakken, a member of the Snohomish County Airport Commission, at Paine Field. Robert Best, Everett Herald publisher, and Petrie pitched the airport to Boeing president Bill Allen, who interrupted them. “He said they had already optioned about 700 acres. Bob and I looked at each other in amazement,” Petrie told the Herald. “He had no idea Boeing was thinking that big.”

Visual history: 50 years of Boeing at Paine Field in Everett

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