David M. Bowman, 37, has been named Boeing program manager for the MD-17, the proposed commercial freighter version of the U.S. Air Force's C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet.
Bowman replaces John Feren, who transferred to the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group in Seattle.
Bowman joined McDonnell Douglas in 1979 and held a variety of positions on such programs as the KC-10 tanker and the MD-80, DC-10 and MD-11 commercial airliner programs before moving to the C-17 program in 1992 as deputy director of Flight Test. In 1994 he became director of C-17 Production Engineering. He was most recently director of the highly successful C-17 Nacelle/Engine Affordability Team.
Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged Aug. 4, 1997.
Bowman is completing a master of science degree in technology management at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from National University in Irvine, Calif.
He is a senior member and ex-board member with the International Society of Flight Test Engineers and has participated in flight test activities on a number of aircraft including the DC-8, MD-80 series, and T-45, MD-11 and C-17. He also is a private pilot.
Bowman, a native of Long Beach, Calif., now resides in Fullerton, Calif., with his wife and two children.