The Boeing Logbook: 1881 - 1919
1881 Oct. 1: William E. Boeing is born in Detroit, Mich.
1892 April 6: Donald Wills Douglas is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1895 May 8: James Howard "Dutch" Kindelberger is born in Wheeling, W.Va.
1899 April 9: James Smith McDonnell is born in Denver, Colo.
1910 March 10: William Boeing buys Heath's shipyard in Seattle, Wash., on the Duwamish River, which will later become his first airplane factory. The first airplane flight is made over Seattle.
1914 May: Donald W. Douglas obtains his Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), finishing the four-year course in only two.
1915 July 4: William Boeing takes his first plane ride with barnstormer Terah Maroney.
August: Donald W. Douglas joins the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Los Angeles, Calif., as chief engineer.
December: William Boeing has a hangar built beside Lake Union in Seattle.
1916 January: William Boeing begins final assembly of the B & W seaplane in his Lake Union boathouse.
June 15: William Boeing takes Bluebill, the first B & W, on its maiden flight. Pilot Herb Munter takes Mallard, the second B & W, on its first flight in November. Both are sold to New Zealand in 1918.
July 15: William Boeing incorporates Pacific Aero Products Co. for $100,000. Boeing buys 998 of the 1,000 stocks issued and moves the operation to the shipyard he bought in 1910. Many years later, this "Red Barn" building is moved to Seattle's Museum of Flight.
Nov. 15: William Boeing watches pilot Herb Munter take the Model C, designed by Boeing's first aeronautical engineer Tsu Wong, above Lake Union on its first flight. Munter finds the rudder is too small, and it goes back to the shop for a new rudder.
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1917 April 9: William Boeing's test pilot Herb Munter flies the Model C again with its larger rudder and a new vertical stabilizer.
May 9: William Boeing changes the name of Pacific Aero Products to the Boeing Airplane Co.
June 4: The Boeing Airplane Co. hires Clairmont (Claire) L. Egtvedt and Philip G. Johnson, recent engineering graduates of the University of Washington. Both will become company presidents.
July 17: The Boeing Airplane Co.'s Claude Berlin and Munter assemble and fly two Model Cs for Navy officials in Pensacola, Fla. The Navy orders 50 of the seaplane trainers.
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1918 April: The Boeing Airplane Co. starts delivering the Model C trainers to the Navy. The last will be delivered in November.
May 14: William Boeing calls company vice president Edgar Gott from San Diego, Calif., and tells him to get the factory ready to build the HS-2L, a Curtiss-designed patrol flying boat.
June 29: The Boeing Airplane Co. signs a contract with the Navy for $116,000 to build 50 HS-2Ls.
Aug. 15: The Martin MB-1 bomber, designed by Donald Douglas working with Martin factory manager Larry Bell and chief draftsman Dutch Kindelberger, makes its first flight. It is the first U.S.-designed and -built bomber to enter production.
Nov. 11: World War I ends, and the Boeing Airplane Co.'s HS-2L contract is cut in half.
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1919 Jan. 25: Boeing Airplane Co. pilot George Bolt sets a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet flying the Boeing B & W. Three months later, Bolt will set a one-day distance record in the same seaplane, flying 306 miles in 4 hours and 39 minutes.
Feb. 15: The Boeing Airplane Co. appoints George Pocock foreman of experimental construction in the pontoon department. Pocock later becomes famous for the racing shells he builds for the University of Washington.
March 3: William Boeing and pilot Eddie Hubbard fly 60 letters from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle in Boeing's C-700 as part of the Canadian Exposition. This is the first international airmail to reach the United States.
November: The Boeing Airplane Co. starts modernizing 50 de Havilland DH-4 fighters by moving the fuel tank to lower the risk of fire. Between 1919 and 1924, Boeing rebuilds 298 de Havillands.
Dec. 27: The Boeing Airplane Co. B-1 mail plane, the first Boeing-designed commercial aircraft, makes its first flight.
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