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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Boeing Company

William Edward Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products in Seattle, Washington on July 15, 1916. It later became the Boeing Aircraft company.

This 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.

Replica of Boeing's first plane, the Boeing Model 1, at the Museum of Flight
During World War II  Boeing had a huge hidden factory camouflaged with a fake town on its roof.  it was camouflage for Boeing’s Plant No. 2, where thousands of B-17 bombers were produced.

1959 American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

The first Boeing 737 took its maiden flight on April 9, 1967 piloted by Brien Wygle and Lew Wallick During the two-and-half-hour test flight, Wygle and Wallick checked out the airplane's handling characteristics and maneuverability before declaring that it handled beautifully. The airplane landed at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. It eventually became the most ordered and produced commercial passenger jet airliner in the world.

The 10,000th Boeing 737 came off the production line in March 2018 setting a Guinness World Records title for the Most produced commercial jet aircraft model.

An early-production Boeing 737-100 of Lufthansa in 1968. By Ralf Manteufel  

The world's first "jumbo jet," the Boeing 747 jetliner made its maiden commercial voyage on January 22, 1970 for launch customer Pan American Airways when it flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport. The flight had been scheduled for the previous evening, but was delayed by engine overheating.

The Boeing 747 would hold the passenger capacity record for 37 years.

A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

A Boeing 747 uses around 207 liters of fuel a minute at maximum cruising speed.

A Boeing 747 uses a gallon of fuel every 1.27 seconds (at 570 miles per hour).

 British Airways 747-400 during takeoff with its landing gear retracting.

A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel - that's equivalent to 2,713 baths.

There are six million parts in the Boeing 747-400.

The Boeing 767 aircraft is a collection of 3.1 million parts from 800 different suppliers around the world.

The Boeing 777 airliner made its first flight on June 12, 1994.

Boeing 777

A single Boeing 777 Engine delivers twice the horsepower of all the Titanic's steam engines combined.

In 2003, two men stole an empty Boeing 727 from the Luanda International Airport, Angola, and flew it into the sunset. They have never been found.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner received certification from the EASA and the FAA in August 26, 2011. Boeing's most fuel-efficient airliner, it is also a pioneering airliner with the use of composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe. The Dreamliner made its maiden commercial flight from Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong on All Nippon Airways on October 26, 2011.

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Most Boeing 777's and 787's have a secret stairway that leads to a set of windowless bedrooms for the crew. In the Boeing 777, pilots have their own overhead sleeping compartments which feature two roomy sleeping areas, two business-class seats, and enough room for a closet, sink, or lavatory.

When the Sultan of Brunei bought a Boeing 747 for at least $100 million, he had it fitted with sinks made of solid gold.

A retired electrical engineer named Bruce Campbell had an old Boeing 727 delivered to the woods near Portland, Oregon and converted it to his home where he lives full time. Campbell paid $100,000 for the old plane back in 1999. The costs of moving it and what he’s spent since total another $120,000.

In 2014 a retired Boeing jumbo jet was turned into a 33-room Jumbo Stay Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.

A Boeing 787 has over 2.3 million parts, and workers on the 747 have to drill a million holes during its assembly.


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