OBITUARY

William C. Abbott

April 18, 1919May 29, 2013

In May 1938, Lockheed put an ad up in my school for a drafting class. My teacher, Svend, took me to Lockheed's personnel department, and there I became Employee Number 110, later 000110. I worked on the blueprint machine in the engineering department, and was transferred to the sheet metal department. I was later transferred to the 414 Hudson bomber fuselage lines, where I started on ship number 14. When the YP-38 Lightening was transferred to plant B1, I started on number 3, putting fillets around the cockpits. At this time, the moving line for the P-38 was put into place. After working on over 3,000, I did two years in the service after which I returned to the P-80 Shooting Star line to hang nose gears. I worked on the first two C-130 fuselages. I then was made lead man to help make aluminum fuel cells for NASA. After being transferred to B1, I went with a crew to Turkey to update the F-104 for the Turkish Air Force. Then, we started the L-1011. My crew built the mock-up S-duct, which we took to England to mate with the Rolls Royce jet engine, which blew up. Returning to Burbank, we built the titanium assembly, which supported the horizontal stabilizers. I took early retirement on October 29, 1976, to take care of my paralyzed wife.

Services

  • visitation Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2013
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William C. Abbott

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Gail Sabourin

June 12, 2013

Our love and prayers are with you all. It has been a rough couple of years for all of us. I will miss Uncle Bud very much, but we know he is now with Aunt Kitty, Max and Florence and Brandon.
The Sabourin's

Roy

June 11, 2013

I miss you Grandpa, I wish we could of had more fishing time, I always love hearing you fishing stories

The Thadens

June 10, 2013

What a fine legacy this man left. The many gentle tributes in remembrance of Bud, Uncle, Papa, Grandpa or Inspiring Friend reveals a man who imprinted kindness wherever he went. Our deepest sympathies and prayer for comfort to all who loved him.

Debe & Ken Hamlyn

June 10, 2013

Bud was a great man, and will be truly missed. He had an interesting outlook on life, loved his family very much and had many friends. Bud was so generous with his time. Making cookies for the bowling gang and quilts for family, his many friends, ESA sisters and Ronald McDonald House.
Bud you will forever be in our hearts.

Donna Fairchild

June 10, 2013

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