The Boeing Logbook: 1964 - 1970
1964 Feb. 4: Boeing starts building a space center in Kent, Wash.
April: Boeing and Lockheed are selected to design the SST.
June 8: The Air Force dispatches 14 North American F-100 Super Sabres to Danang Air Base for the Vietnam Conflict.
Sept. 24: Minuteman II is first launched at Cape Kennedy, Fla.
November: The Hughes Model XV-9A Hot Cycle helicopter makes its first flight.
1965 Hughes Helicopters secures its first MK 11 cannon production contract for use in the MK 4 Gun Pod. Over 1,000 MK 4 Gun Pods, incorporating the MK 11 gun, will be built for U.S. Navy and Marine Corps use in Vietnam.
The U.S. Army orders the first of nearly 1,500 Hughes Helicopters OH-6As, which become the Army's new light observation helicopters.
Jan. 12: The last of 820 Boeing KC-135 aerial tankers is delivered to the Air Force.
Feb. 25: The Douglas DC-9 twinjet airliner makes its first flight.
March 15: The first Boeing-built Saturn S-1C first-stage rocket booster rolls out at Michoud, La., near New Orleans, to be barged to Cape Kennedy.
March 23: First flight of the McDonnell-built Gemini spacecraft with two astronauts, Gus Grissom and John Young.
April 5: Boeing receives the largest commercial order by an airline to that time: United Air Lines orders 66 jetliners with options for 39 more and leasing of another 25.
April 6: Using a Douglas Delta rocket, NASA launches Hughes Space & Communications Intelsat 1 (Early Bird), the first satellite for commercial communications.
June 3: Astronaut Ed White, during the four-day Gemini 4 mission, becomes the first American to walk in space. McDonnell had built the Gemini space capsule.
July 7: McDonnell delivers its 1,000th F-4 Phantom, an F-4B for the Navy.
July 17: In their first encounter with enemy aircraft, McDonnell Navy F-4B fighters shoot down two North Vietnamese MiG-17s. It is the first time the Phantom is engaged in air-to-air combat.
July 17: North American's XB-70 Valkyrie No. 2 makes its first flight.
Aug. 28: Boeing loses contracts for a manned orbiting laboratory and, a month later, for the C-5A heavy transport.
Dec. 8: The Douglas DC-9 makes its first in-service airline flight for Delta Airlines.
Dec. 15: McDonnell-built Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 perform world's first rendezvous in space.
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1966 March 16: First docking of two orbiting spacecraft as the McDonnell Gemini 8, with astronauts Neil Armstrong and David Scott, rendezvous and docks with an Agena target satellite.
April 13: Boeing announces it will build a 490-passenger 747 transport. Construction will begin in June on a new plant to build the huge jets in Everett, Wash.
April 21: Hughes Helicopters announces it will build the Model 500 helicopter in three models: the basic Model 500, the executive aircraft and the utility Model 500U (later the 500C). Shipping of these aircraft will start in 1968. The same year the OH-6A establishes 23 world records for speed, distance and altitude.
May 30: The first Hughes Space & Communications Surveyor spacecraft is launched. It will land on the lunar surface two days later.
June 3: The McDonnell Gemini 9 is launched, using five North American Rocketdyne engines.
July 15: The Boeing Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a demonstration flight of a replica of the B & W biplane.
Aug. 10: The first Boeing-built Lunar Orbiter is launched, and the first pictures of the moon are sent back to Earth.
Oct. 31: Boeing wins the contract to design, develop and test the short-range attack missile (SRAM).
Nov. 15: McDonnell's Project Gemini comes to an end with the splashdown of the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying astronauts Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin. It is the most successful manned space venture thus far. With the McDonnell Co. as prime contractor, ten straight two-man flights are completed in less than 18 months.
Dec. 31: Boeing wins the competition to design the supersonic transport (SST).
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1967 March 12: McDonnell delivers its 2,000th F-4 Phantom, an F-4D, to the Air Force.
April 9: The Model 737 makes its first flight.
April 20: Hughes Space & Communications Surveyor 3 lands on the lunar surface and sends back the first color picture of the Earth taken from the moon.
April 21: The 1,000th Boeing Minuteman missile is installed in its silo, and Minuteman III is in production.
April 28: McDonnell and Douglas companies merge to form the new McDonnell Douglas Corp., with headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. James S. McDonnell is chairman and chief executive officer and David S. Lewis is president. Donald W. Douglas is named honorary chairman of the board and serves as "Founder-Consultant." Donald W. Douglas Jr. is corporate vice president for administration.
May 24: James S. McDonnell receives the Collier Trophy for the development of the F-4 Phantom aircraft and Gemini space vehicles.
Sept. 22: North American Aviation merges with Rockwell Standard Corp. and becomes North American Rockwell Corp.
Nov. 9: First unmanned Saturn V is launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., sending Apollo 4 into Earth orbit to test the spacecraft's re-entry module. The Saturn V and the Apollo modules were built by the combined resources of Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and North American.
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1968 The Model 500 becomes the Hughes Helicopters' first commercial turbine-powered helicopter.
April 29: "T" Wilson is elected Boeing company president. William M. Allen becomes chairman of the board.
July 31: The first of North American's U.S. Air Force OV-10A Broncos, destined for combat, arrive in Vietnam.
Sept. 5: A Navy F-4J is the 3,000th Phantom to be delivered by McDonnell Douglas.
Sept. 30: The first Boeing 747-100 is rolled out during ceremonies at the new assembly facility in Everett.
Dec. 21: Launched by Saturn V, Apollo 8 takes the first astronauts around the moon. They are Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders.
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1969 Feb. 9: The Boeing 747-100 makes its first flight.
July 20: Apollo 11 makes the first successful moon landing on the lunar Sea of Tranquility and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin are the first human beings to walk on the moon.
Sept. 23: President Richard M. Nixon approves the construction of two SST prototypes by Boeing.
October: Boeing starts building the Lunar Roving Vehicle.
Dec. 23: The U.S. Air Force selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for development and production of the F-15 advanced tactical fighter.
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1970 Jan. 21: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American.
May 25: Boeing Computer Services founded.
May 27: The Boeing Model 347 CH-47A advanced technology helicopter makes its first flight.
June 6: Air Force contract with North American Rockwell calls for five flight-test B-1 bombers and two non-flying airframes.
July 16: Boeing is selected as prime contractor for the airborne warning and control system (AWACS).
Aug. 29: The Douglas DC-10, the first "jumbo jet" from Douglas, makes its first flight.
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