The Boeing Logbook: 1971 - 1976
1971 | 1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976
1971 North American Rockwell invests $35 million in Collins Radio Co. and reorganizes into four main market areas: aerospace, automotive, electronics and industrial products. Autonetics wins short-range attack missile (SRAM) computer production award.
Feb. 1: The 4,000th McDonnell Phantom, an F-4E for the Air Force, is delivered.
March 24: The federal government cancels funding for the Boeing SST.
April 30: Sandy McDonnell, nephew of James S. McDonnell, is named president of McDonnell Douglas Corp.
May 14: Boeing diversifies by developing a multiple land-use program for its Boardman, Ore., development site, which includes irrigating 6,000 acres for crops and plans to recycle waste products from Portland, Ore.
June: Boeing Vertol wins a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop rapid transit railcars.
June 21: The Navy selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for the Harpoon all weather anti-ship missile system.
July 31: The first Boeing Lunar Roving Vehicle is used by astronauts on the moon.
July 29: American and United airlines take delivery of the first two production Douglas DC-10 jetliners, and American puts its new DC-10 in regular service just eight days later.
August: Boeing asked to design and install a fully automatic personal rapid transit system at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The vehicles are built at the Kent (Wash.) Space Center.
1972 Maudsley Motor Co. Pressings Division and Clarke Chapman-John Thompson Co. of England join North American Rockwell.
February: The first Boeing AWACS plane, a modified 707-320B, makes its first flight.
May: The Boeing Dash 80 is retired and donated to the Smithsonian Institution.
May: The McDonnell Douglas Harpoon anti-ship missile is successful in its first drop test when released from a Navy P-3C Orion patrol aircraft at 20,000 feet.
May 5: More than 1,000 of the top names in the aviation, space and airline industry gather at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles to honor Donald W. Douglas at the celebration of his 80th birthday anniversary.
July 27: The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle air superiority jet fighter makes its first flight successfully and on schedule.
August: North American employment drops to 6,232, the lowest since 1961.
September: "T" Wilson becomes chairman of The Boeing Company board, as William Allen retires. Malcolm Stamper becomes president.
Sept. 7: The Douglas division delivers the Skylab workshop module to NASA.
Oct. 6: The McDonnell division delivers the Skylab airlock module to NASA.
Dec. 18: Boeing B-52s join the Vietnam conflict in operation "Linebacker II." After 11 days, peace negotiations will begin.
Dec. 20: A McDonnell Douglas Harpoon anti-ship missile makes its first successful launch against a target ship and scores a direct hit.
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1973 The first Hughes Helicopters Chain Gun® weapon, the XM230 automatic cannon, is fired. It becomes the first of a new line of externally powered chain-driven ordnance products.
North American's Atomics International starts work on the Clinch River (Tenn.) Plant, the country's first demonstration breeder nuclear electric power plant.
February to March: The Douglas-built C-9A Nightingale aeromedical transport plays a vital role for the Air Force in "Operation Homecoming" --the return to the U.S. of American POWs from the Vietnam War.
February: Boeing Vertol wins contracts to build 230 light rail vehicles for Boston, Mass., and San Francisco, Calif.
February: North American Rockwell becomes Rockwell International and Collins Radio will be merged into Rockwell International.
February: Boeing starts building the patrol hydrofoil missileship (PHM) for the Navy.
May 8: First McDonnell Douglas C-9B Skytrain II transports are delivered to the Navy.
May 14: The McDonnell Douglas Skylab is launched into orbit. It is the first U.S. Space Station.
June 19: The first of three Air Force E-4As makes its first flight. These are Boeing 747s modified as Advanced Airborne Command posts.
Nov. 3: Boeing-built Mariner 10 is launched on its flight to photograph and collect data from Venus and Mercury.
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1974 February: NASA awards Boeing a contract to build some components of what will become the Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990.
Feb. 5: Boeing-built Mariner 10 swings by Venus, returning the first space photos of that cloud-shrouded planet. The National Society of Professional Engineers will select Mariner 10 as one of the ten outstanding engineering achievements of 1974.
Feb. 8: Third and final McDonnell Douglas Skylab mission ends with crew setting an 84-day endurance record.
March 24: Boeing Marine Systems launches its first commercial JETFOIL.
April 13: Westar-A, the first U.S. domestic communications satellite, is placed into orbit by a McDonnell Douglas Delta rocket.
June 22: McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk production passes 20-year milestone.
July 18: NASA buys a Boeing 747 from American Airlines, and under a $30 million contract from Rockwell International, Boeing begins modifying it into the first Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
August: Rockwell International's Space Division completes the docking module and the U.S. half of the international docking system for the Apollo-Soyuz test project.
Nov. 14: McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle enters operational service with the Air Force's Tactical Air Command.
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1975 Feb. 1: A McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle completes its sweep of all eight world time-to-climb world records by streaking to an altitude of 98,425 feet in less than 3.5 minutes.
March 16: Boeing-built Mariner 10 completes its final flyby of Mercury, nearly 17 months and a billion miles after launch.
May 2: The Navy selects McDonnell Douglas as prime contractor for development of the F/A-18 strike fighter.
June 21: NASA launches the Hughes Space & Communications Orbiting Solar Laboratory (OSO-8) to study X-ray and ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun.
July 17: The first international space mission is completed successfully with the Apollo-Soyuz test project, in which U.S. astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts dock their spacecraft in Earth orbit. Rockwell International Space Division was the prime contractor for the Apollo spacecraft and the docking module used on the mission.
July 20: The International Oceanic Exposition opens in Kobe, Japan, with a Boeing-designed personal rapid transit system. It will carry 3 million people by the year's end.
Aug. 26: The McDonnell Douglas Advanced Medium Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) Transport YC-15 made its first fight.
Sept. 30: The Hughes Helicopter AH-64 Apache prototype attack helicopter makes its first flight and is chosen over a Bell Helicopter prototype for continued development.
Oct. 3: Passenger service begins on the Boeing-built personal rapid transit system at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Oct. 8: McDonnell Douglas selected as prime contractor for the guidance system for the Navy's Tomahawk cruise missile.
November: The Boeing Aerospace Company's Space Systems Division starts designing, fabricating and testing two small low-cost spacecraft called Applications Explorer Missions 1 and 2 (AEM-1 and AEM-2) under the technical direction of the Goddard Space Flight Center to study Earth and its atmosphere.
Nov. 18: Boeing Wichita delivers its first modified B-52D to the Strategic Air Command.
Dec. 12: A new version of the versatile McDonnell Douglas Delta rocket, designated 3914, performs flawlessly in its first launch by placing the RCA Satcom I communications satellite into orbit.
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1976 January: Rockwell International delivers, in one month, two million MOS-LSI circuits containing more electronic circuits than were individually produced by the total semiconductor industry during the first year of 1970.
March 5: A Boeing B-52 makes the first test launch of the Boeing-built air-launched cruise missile (ALCM).
July 27: The Defense Department approves the development of an advanced version of the McDonnell Douglas AV-8A V/STOL aircraft. The objective of the new program is to approximately double the payload and range of the original Harrier.
Aug. 9: The Boeing YC-14 military STOL transport makes its first flight.
Sept. 17: The prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise, built by Rockwell International (North American), rolls out. Its 9-month approach and landing test program lasts from Jan. 31 to Oct. 26, 1977.
Dec. 10: The AH-64A Apache is selected as the U.S. Army's Advanced Attack Helicopter after an extensive competitive fly-off.
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