KING FAHD’S PRIVATE AIRPLANE
In 1979 Boeing was completing the first privately owned
747 for the King of Saudi Arabia. The fact that it was being built was even shrouded in secrecy.
So the airplane and its
design had a very cloak and dagger aspect. As the plane was in its final outfitting
phase, Romm and his design team were called upon to provide design ideas, including security installations, operating under
conditions of strictest confidentiality
Romm and his team were closeted in a suite at London’s
International Hotel where for three days a range of concepts were produced. At
the conclusion of the ‘charette’ all sketches and written documents were passed over to the King’s representatives
and those that were unused were destroyed while the remainder were implemented, but the details were never published. Confidentiality was of the utmost import.