Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann is an integral member of the 777 Program,
contributing to the design, testing and certification
of the initial airplane, new derivatives and added features and
technologies of the award-winning Boeing widebody. She was promoted
to her current position as 777 senior test pilot in Boeing Engineering
Flight Test in 1998 and now serves as project pilot for the 777-200LR
(Longer Range), leading the new derivative’s overall flight-test
2003, Darcy-Hennemann tested the GE 90-115B engine on the 777-300ER
(Extended Range), with lead responsibility for the No. 2 airplane.
She led the 2003 development and launch of the Boeing electronic
flight bag, which is the first step to being fully e-enabled. From
1994 to the first half of 1996, she did extensive work supporting
the 777’s original certification testing, including serving
as lead pilot on the final Boeing 777-200 to enter flight testing.
In this capacity, Darcy-Hennemann was responsible for the Rolls-Royce-powered
777's 1,000-cycle validation program – the equivalent of
at least a year's worth of typical airline service – in the
United States, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Australia
and New Zealand. She took her first 777 flight in January 1995
and became a captain that same year, becoming the world’s
first woman to achieve that distinction.
1985, Darcy-Hennemann was named a Boeing Production Test pilot – the
first woman hired in that capacity. In 1989, she became the first woman rated
as a captain on the 747-400 and achieved captain status on the Boeing 737 and
Prior to becoming a Boeing test pilot, Darcy-Hennemann was a 757/767 trainer
in the Boeing ground school for airline pilots from 1981 to 1985. She joined
Boeing in 1974 and spent her initial years in engineering.
Darcy-Hennemann is cross-trained as an instructor pilot on the 737, 757, 767,
747-400 and 777 airplanes. She has done flight instruction and flight testing
in the United States, Europe and Asia.
of work, Darcy-Hennemann is a member of the Society of Experimental Test
Pilots and served as a guest speaker and participant in many industry and
forums, including: the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Seattle Branch, the
GE Lecture Series at the Smithsonian, the Flight Safety Foundation Approach and
Landing Accident Reduction Operations Team, and the NASA Goddard Engineering
Darcy-Hennemann has received numerous awards and honors, including:
Darcy-Hennemann graduated from the University of Washington in 1981 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. She and her husband
reside in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
- International Forest of Friendship honoree from the Ninety-Nines International
Organization of Women Pilots, for contributions to aviation and aerospace,
- Women in Communications award, 1996;
- Outstanding Alumni honor from the University of Washington Engineering program,
- Outstanding Alumni award from the Aeronautics/Astronautics Engineering department,
- Women in Aerospace Outstanding Leadership Award, 2000; and
- 2000 Aviation Week Laurel’s Award for Leadership.