Log In

Thornton Arnold Wilson Edit Profile

aerospace company executive

Thornton Arnold Wilson was American aerospace company executive. Named to National Aviation Hall of Fame, 1983, Award in Aeronautical Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, 1985, National Business Hall of Fame, 1989. Board governors Iowa State University Foundation; trustee Seattle University; member corporation Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Academy Engineering; Fellow American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Wilson, Thornton Arnold was born on February 8, 1921 in Sikeston, Missouri, United States. Son of Thornton Arnold and Daffodil (Allen) Wilson.


Student, Jefferson City ) Junior College, Missouri, 1940. Bachelor of Science, Iowa State College, 1943. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1948.

Master of Science Sloan fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1953.


With, Boeing Company, Seattle, since 1943;assistant chief technical staff, project engineering manager, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1957-1958;vice president, manager Minuteman branch aerospace division, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1963-1964;vice president operations and planning, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1964-1966;executive vice president, director, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1966-1968;president, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1968-1972;chief Executive officer, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1969-1986;Chairman of the Board, Boeing Company, Seattle, 1972-1988;chairman emeritus, Boeing Company, Seattle, since 1988. Director PACCAR, Inc., Weyerhaeuser Company, United States. Steel Tower Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Inc.


  • Wilson was awarded the NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering in 1985 from the National Academy of Sciences. Wilson joined Boeing in 1943 and worked on bomber programs, notably the swept-wing B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress, and also led the proposal team that won the contract for the Minuteman missile.


Board governors Iowa State University Foundation. Trustee Seattle University. Member corporation Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Academy Engineering.

Fellow American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Married Grace Miller, August 5, 1944. Children: Thornton Arnold III, Daniel Allen, Sarah Louise Wilson Anderson.

Thornton Arnold Wilson

Daffodil (Allen) Wilson

Grace Miller

Thornton Arnold III Wilson

Daniel Allen Wilson

Sarah Louise Wilson Anderson Wilson