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The Boeing.

Boeing is based in Chicago, US, and they are the one of the world’s leading aerospace companies, and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also designs and manufactures rotorcraft; missiles; satellites; electronic and defense systems; launch vehicles; and advanced information and communication systems. As they are the major service provider to NASA, Boeing also operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. They are one of the largest US exporters (in terms of sales) and they also provide military and commercial airline support services to all of their customers in over 90 countries worldwide.

About Founder : William E. Boeing


Boeing, 1916-1934
Company Founder and Owner, President, Chairman of the Board

William E. Boeing left Yale University in 1903 to take advantage of opportunities in the risky and cyclical, but financially rewarding, Northwest timber industry. That experience would serve him well in aviation Under his guidance, a tiny airplane manufacturing company grew into a huge corporation of related industries.On June 20, 1934, he was awarded the Daniel Guggenheim Medal for aeronautical achievement. When post-Depression legislation in 1934 mandated the dispersion of the corporation, Boeing sold his interests in the Boeing Airplane Co., but continued to work on other business ventures.He became one of America’s most successful breeders of thoroughbred horses. William E. Boeing died September 28, 1956, aboard the Taconite. He remained until the end an active and interested participant in the world around him.


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Fast facts

  • Boeing was founded in 1916 in Seattle, Washington by William E. Boeing.
  • Number of employees: more than 158,000 people across the US and in 70 different countries. 2009
  • Boeing has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide – about 75% of the world fleet.2009
  • Boeing Commercial Airplanes offer a number of different technologically advanced airplanes, including one that can seat more than 500 and another that is the longest range in the world at about 9,300 nautical miles (14,966km) /).2009
  • The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial airliner in history with more than 8,000 orders, 6,000 of which have been delivered
  • The Renton plant builds the narrow-body Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft, while the wide-body Boeing 747, 767, and 777 aircraft are assembled at the Everett plant.
  • Its products include, among others, the F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, and AV-8 Harrier fighters; the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter; the AH-64 Apache series of attack helicopters; the CH-47 Chinook transport helicopte
  • The 747-200 largest civilian airplane in the world —built  in less than 16 months during the late 1960s.
  • Boeing has 113 different Defense Products , 19  space products & 40 commercial transport aircraft and some of their variants derived for Civilian & military use. (for info Click)
  • During World War II ,Boeing built a large number of B-17 and B-29 bombers , In the beginning of March 1944, production had been scaled up in such a manner that over 350 planes were built each month. To prevent an attack from the air, the manufacturing plants had been covered with greenery and farmland items. During these years of war the leading aircraft companies of the U.S. cooperated.

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Boeing Everertt Factory 

Boeing Logo 

Boeing Logo’s ,The History of the Boeing Logo The first widely used Boeing trademark – the vertical, winged Boeing ‘totem’ (Pic courtesy : Goodlogo )

Boeing Journey from 1916 to 2015 

  • In 1916 , first Boeing airplane was assembled in a lakeside hangar located on the northeast shore of Seattle’s Lake Union. Many of Boeing’s early planes were seaplanes.

First Boeing Aircraft model (Pic courtesy : Boeing)

  • In late 1917,The company moved its operations to a larger former shipbuilding facility known as Boeing Plant 1, located on the lower Duwamish River.
  • In 1919 the Boeing B-1 made its first flight. It was a flying boat that accommodated one pilot and two passengers and some mail. Over the course of eight years, it made international airmail flights from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia
  • In 1923, Boeing began a competition against Curtiss for a contract to develop a pursuit fighter for the U.S. Army Air Service

The Model 40A, which first flew May 20, 1927 (copyrights@Boeing)

  • in 1928 William Boeing formed Boeing Airplane & Transport Corporation to encompass both manufacturing and airline operations.
  • In 1933 the Boeing 247 was introduced, the first truly modern airliner, Boeing built the first sixty aircraft exclusively for its own United Airlines subsidiary’s operations
  • in 1934 mandated the dispersion of the corporation, William Boeing sold his interests in the Boeing Airplane Co., but continued to work on other business ventures
  • in 1935 Boeing’s Introduced legendary bombers, the B-17 Flying Fortress (first flown )
  • 1936 on Boeing Plant 2 to accommodate the production of larger modern aircraft.
  • In 1938 ,After  Agreement with Pan Am( Pan American World Airways )The first flight of the Boeing 314 Clipper . It was the largest civil aircraft of its time, with a capacity of 90 passengers on day flights,
  • In 1942, B-29 Super fortress , played key roles in the Allied war effort in World War II
  • In 1950‘s Boeing used company funds to develop the 367–80 jet airliner demonstrator that led to the KC-135 Stratotanker and Boeing 707 jetliner.
  • In 1952 Boeing Introduced eight-engine B-52 Stratofortress  jet bombers.
Boeing 707-138B Qantas Jett Clipper Ella N707JT.jpg

First flight December 20, 1957 & Retrieved December 27, 2009. (ordered 1010 & delivered 1010)

  • In 1958, Boeing began delivery of its 707, the United States’ first commercial jet airliner a four-engine, 156-passenger airliner.  A few years later, Boeing added a second version of this aircraft, the Boeing 720.
  • in 1960 Boeing was acquired  Vertol Aircraft Corporation and started  The twin-rotor CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Production
  • In Dec 1960 Boeing started 727 model.  The 727 was the first commercial jetliner to reach 1,000 sales, and a few years later the 1,500 mark was reached

Boeing 727 , (Produced 1963–1984) (total ordered 1831 & delivered 1831) pic courtesy Wikipedia

  • In 1964 , The 707 was followed by the 727 trijet and 737 twinjet, which entered service.
  • In 1966 , Boeing built the Lunar Orbiters, NASA’s first spacecraft to orbit the Moon  and
  • In 1967, Boeing introduced another short- and medium-range airliner, the twin-engine 737

Boeing 737 Introduced February 10, 1968, with Lufthansa and still in service with variant models total delivered (737 , classic , NG )- 8385 aircraft’s as of 2015 (pic courtesy : Wikipedia )

  •  in 1968 the first 747–100 Introduced,  The 747 has an intercontinental range and a larger seating capacity Aircraft

first Boeing 747 displayed to the public on September 30, 1968 and production still continued with 747-8 series (Ordered 1418- Delivered 1418 ) (Pic courtesy : Boeing )

Boeing 757 , First flight February 9, 1969 & retrieved 2004 .( Pic courtesy Wikipedia ) (Ordered 1049 & delivered 1049) as of 2004. Pic courtesy Wikipedia

  • In January 1970, the first 747, a four-engine long-range airliner, flew its first commercial flight with Pan American World Airways. The company has delivered nearly 1,400 Boeing 747s. (as of 2013)
  • During the 1970s, Boeing also developed the US Standard Light Rail Vehicle, which has been used in San Francisco, Boston, and Morgantown
  • IN 1974 , The Mariner 10 space probe, which took the first close-up pictures of the surface of Mercury.
Boeing twin engine jetliner in flight near a snow-capped mountain.

Boeing 767 , First flight September 26, 1981 & still service ,(Order 1114 & delivered 1069) as of 2015 (Pic courtesy Wikipedia )

  • In 1983, Boeing assembled its 1,000th 737 passenger aircraft.
  • In 1983 , European newcomer in commercial airliner manufacturing (Airbus). Boeing had to offer new aircraft, and developed the single-aisle 757 (February 19, 1982), the larger, twin-aisle 767 (September 26, 1981), and upgraded versions of the 737
  • in November 1988, The first B-2 rolled out of the bomber’s final assembly facilitated in Palmdale, California
  • in the mid-1990’s, the company developed the revamped version of the 737, known as the 737 “Next-Generation”, or 737-NG. It has since become the fastest-selling version of the 737 in history
  • In 1993 NASA selected Boeing as the prime contractor for the ISS (International Space Station ), and two years later the company became responsible for the integration and verification of ISS systems and the design, analysis, manufacture, verification, and delivery of the American components of the station.
  • In April 1994, Boeing introduced the most modern commercial jet aircraft at the time, the twin-engine 777, with a seating capacity of approximately 300 to 370 passengers in a typical three-class layout, in between the 767 and the 747. 777 was the first Boeing airliner to feature a “fly-by-wire”
Aircraft landing approach. Front quarter view of twin-engine jet in flight with flaps and landing gear extended.

Boeing 777 , Introduced on June 7, 1995, with United Airlines & still in service ( orders 1541 & Delivered 1268) as of 2015

  • In 1996, Boeing acquired Rockwell’s aerospace and defense units ,  In August 1997, Boeing merged with McDonnell Douglas

Boeing 717, First flight September 2, 1998 & Retrieved September 2, 1998) , ordered 155 & delivered 155)

  • In September 2001, Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago
  • Boeing launched the 777 Freighter in May 2005 with an order from Air France. The freighter variant is based on the −200LR. Other customers include FedEx and Emirates
  • On November 10, 2005, the 777-200LR (Long Range) set a world record for the longest non-stop flight. It flew 11,664 nautical miles (21,601 km) during its 22-hour 42-minute flight
  • on December 1, 2006. The new joint venture, United Launch Alliance and It is the largest provider of rocket launch services to the U.S. government.
  • December 15, 2009, Introduced Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical 3-class seating configurations.
All Nippon Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA801A OKJ in flight.jpg

Boeing 787 , First flight December 15, 2009 & still in service (ordered 1071 & delivered 235 ) as of 2015

  • On June 30, 2010, Boeing announced its intent to acquire Argon ST as part of the company’s strategy to expand its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets.
  • On Feb 2012 Boeing introduced 747-8 series aircraft.

on June 1, 2012, Introduced 747-8 with Lufthansa ,In service , (Total orders 119 and Delivered 84),

  • In November 2013, Boeing Commercial Airplanes launched the airplane at the Dubai Airshow with 259 commitments from four customers. Production of the 777X was scheduled to begin in 2017

  • At the Paris Air Show on June 18, 2013, Boeing launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family, with commitments for 102 airplanes from five customers.The new 787-10 was designed to fly up to 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 kilometers)
  • On June 28, 2014, Boeing delivered the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line to Frankfurt, Germany-based Lufthansa.
  • on April 16, 2015  Boeing Introdcued 787- 9 with All Nippon Airways (ANA) which featured with star livery (for info Click here)

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