Boeing Company (The)

Corporate Address:

P.O. Box 7730 M/S K21-16
Wichita, KS 67201
Point of Contact: Mr. Donald L. Masingale
Sr. Specialist Structural Engineer
(316) 526-5777
fax: (316) 526-0745

Products and Services:

Business Overview or History:

William E. Boeing took his first airplane ride in 1915, a dozen years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Boeing was in the timber business, not engineering, but he and a friend, Conrad Westervelt, decided they could build a better airplane than was then available -- and in 1916 the first of two B&Ws was launched. The B&W was a single-engine seaplane with a top speed of 75 mph.

As America entered World War I in 1917, the U.S. Navy ordered 50 of Boeing’s next airplane, the two-seat Model C trainer. During the next few years, the company designed and built nearly two dozen different models most of them military aircraft.

In 1927, Boeing began flying mail between San Francisco and Chicago, using its new Model 40 -- a single engine two-seater.
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