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First
Flight
Model Military Number Name
1916 1   B&W
1928 80    
1928 831 F4B/P-12  
1932 266 P-26 Peashooter
1935 75 PT-13 Kaydet
1935 299 B-17 Flying Fortress
1943 345 B-29 Superfortress
1944 367 KC-97 Stratofreighter
1947 345-2 B-50 Superfortress
1947 450 B-47 Stratojet
1952 464 B-52 Stratofortress
1955   CIM-10 Bomarc
1956 717 KC-135 Stratotanker
1958 707 VC-137  
1962 377-PG   Pregnant Guppy
1965 727    
1967 737 T-43  
1969 747 E-4/VC-25  
1976 953 YC-14  
1976   AGM-86 ACLM
1982 757    
1981 767    
1991   C-172 Globemaster 3
1998 717    
1 the first model number for this aircraft
2 acquired with McDonnell Douglas
Boeing got it's start with the B&W Model 1 floatplane.  Named after Boeing and his partner, Commander Westervelt, USN, the Model 1 first flew in 1916.

Boeing survived the early twenties through contracts to build the U.S. Army's Thomas Morse MB-3A fighter and rebuilding deHavilland DH-4s with arc-welded steel- tube fuselages.

Boeing (along with Curtiss) dominated the U.S. fighter market during the 20's and early 30's.  Excellent examples are the F4B/P-12 and the P-26 Peashooter.

Boeing also entered the commercial market at this time with the introduction of Models 40 and 80 and the formation of Boeing Air Transport.  Boeing Air Transport was eventually renamed United Aircraft and owned Boeing, United, Pratt & Whitney, Stearman, Chance Vought, Sikorsky and Hamilton Standard before it was broken up in 1934.

By the mid-30's Boeing had refocused its business on larger aircraft--specifically commercial and bomber aircraft.  Examples include the B-17 Flying Fortress and Model 314 Clipper.

Boeing continued its large aircraft success through World War II and the post-war years with the B-29 Superfortress, Model 377 Stratocruiser, B-47 Stratojet and B-52 Stratofortress.  Boeing was also in the forefront of commercial jet development with the 707 in 1958.

Boeing acquired Vertol Aircraft in 1960, the space and defense divisions of Rockwell in 1996 and McDonnell Douglas in 1997.

     
   

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