This past weekend, Dr. Jeremy Hampton was Boeing's guest at the launch of the company's newest 747 passenger plane, the 747-8 Intercontinental. Hampton is an aviation enthusiast and amateur photographer, but by trade he is an emergency medicine specialist at Kansas City's Truman Medical Center and assistant professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City's School of Pharmacy. So how did he get invited? Thanks to Facebook, of course.
"I'm amazed that Boeing is doing this for me just because of some pictures I posted to the Boeing Store's Facebook page," Dr. Hampton said in a statement. "There aren't too many things that really can be called the opportunity of a lifetime but this is one of them. My heart has always been with aviation. I attend as many air shows as I can and I always bring my camera. It's amazing. I have been thinking about it and talking about it since I got the call last week."
Dr. Hampton posted his photos on The Boeing Store Facebook Page. The Boeing Store is the company's retail subsidiary: it sells Boeing and aerospace-related gifts, toys, and apparel to fans and employees around the world.
Dr. Hampton was twice chosen for submitting the "Photo of the Week." Boeing took notice. The company offered him a trip that included stops at several Seattle-area locations at which he can photograph Boeing airplanes, a visit to the Future of Flight Museum in Everett, and access to the 747-8 launch this past Sunday. The aircraft, which is the passenger version of the 747-8 Freighter, is Boeing's largest passenger aircraft.
You can check out Boeing's Photos of the Week album on Facebook. Dr. Hampton's winning pictures are numbers seven (the 509th Bomb Wing's B2 Spirit "Spirit of Arizona") and eight (a B1B Lancer from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, TX). To see more of his pictures, head over to his website: Final Approach Photography.
"We are trying to find a few unique opportunities during each year for some of the more than 73,000 fans we have on our Facebook page to engage with Boeing," Jim Newcomb, Director of Brand Management & Advertising at Boeing, said in a statement. "Dr. Hampton's enthusiasm for aviation is obvious in every photo and comment he has posted. It didn't take us long to realize we had an opportunity with the roll out that was too good to pass up."