The Boeing Logbook: 1993 - 1996
1993 Feb. 10: The 10,000th jet manufactured in St. Louis, a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy, is delivered.
Feb. 22: The McDonnell Douglas MD-90 commercial transport makes its first flight.
March 8: The Boeing 747-400 freighter rolls out.
May 2: A Hughes HS 601 satellite is launched by an Ariane 42L rocket to provide television distribution services to Western Europe and the Canary Islands under franchise from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
August: The Rockwell X-31 demonstrates full capability in flying basic fighter maneuvers.
Aug. 5: The first operational McDonnell Douglas A/V-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft are delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Aug. 17: NASA selects Boeing as the prime contractor for the International Space Station.
Nov. 5: Japan becomes the launch customer for the Boeing 767 AWACS, with an initial order for two aircraft.
November and December: The Rockwell X-31 reaches supersonic speeds (Mach 1.28).
1994 Jan. 27: Israel announces its intent to purchase 25 F-15 dual-role fighters under the designation F-15I Thunder.
April 9: The Boeing 777 twinjet, the newest member of the Boeing jet family, rolls out.
April 20: The Italian Navy takes delivery of its first McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus.
June: The Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International verifies the design of the space station's solar arrays for assembly and maintenance in space. The hardware is tested underwater at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
July: The McDonnell Douglas AH-64D Apache Longbow makes its debut at the Farnborough Air Show.
July 15: NASA selects Boeing and McDonnell Douglas to lead a U.S. industry/academic team to develop technologies for the next-generation supersonic transport aircraft, the High Speed Civil Transport.
Aug. 3: A Hughes HS 601 satellite is launched by an Atlas IIA rocket from Cape Canaveral to broadcast commercial television.
Sept. 5: The first production version of the advanced McDonnell Douglas Explorer twin-turbine, eight-place helicopter makes its maiden flight at Mesa, Ariz.
Sept. 16: The Navy selects Hughes Missile Systems Co. over McDonnell Douglas to be sole producer of Tomahawk cruise missiles. As a dual-source supplier McDonnell Douglas built 1,647 Tomahawk missiles.
Sept. 26: Harry C. Stonecipher is named president and CEO, marking the first time in McDonnell Douglas history that the CEO has not been a member of the Douglas or McDonnell families.
Oct. 5: The first class of student jet pilots to train in the McDonnell Douglas T-45A Goshawk graduate as Naval aviators at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas.
Dec. 15: The National Park Service begins operating the environmentally friendly McDonnell Douglas Explorer for its operations at the Grand Canyon, Ariz.
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1995 Jan. 13: NASA and Boeing officials sign a $5.63 billion contract to design and develop the International Space Station.
Jan. 17: The McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III enters operational service.
March: McDonnell Douglas announces it will produce the MD 600N helicopter.
March 15: Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) launches the Boeing 737-600 with an order for 35 of the aircraft.
May 12: The new Boeing 767 Freighter for United Parcel Service premieres at the Boeing Everett, Wash., factory.
May 12: The McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III receives the Collier Trophy for greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America in 1994.
May 17: Delivery of the first Boeing 777 to United Airlines.
May 25: Boeing unveils the prototype RAH-66 Comanche helicopter.
May 30: The Boeing 777 becomes the first airplane in aviation history to earn U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to fly extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS) at service entry.
June: The McDonnell Douglas Explorer is awarded the Flight International Industry Award for Helicopters at the Paris Air Show.
June 7: First McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet for Finnish Air Force is delivered.
June 11: The Boeing 777 establishes a new speed record on its flight from Seattle, Wash., to the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget of 9 hours 2 minutes.
June 21: The Boeing 767 Freighter makes its first flight.
June 26: Board of directors authorizes production of the Boeing 777-300.
July 13: The Rockwell-built Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the Boeing-built Inertial Upper Stage booster rocket that will deploy a NASA communication satellite.
Sept. 12: First McDonnell Douglas F-15S is delivered to the Royal Saudi Air Force.
Sept. 29: McDonnell Douglas AH-64D Apache Longbow makes successful first flight at Mesa, Ariz.
Nov. 29: The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18E/F Super Hornet makes its first flight. Also on this date, the first McDonnell Douglas AV-8B remanufactured to a Harrier II Plus configuration makes its first flight.
Dec. 18: Hughes Space & Communications orders 10 commercial space satellite launches from the Boeing-built Sea Launch.
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1996 January: The eight-place, twin-engine McDonnell Douglas MD Explorer makes the most famous "touchdown" in Super Bowl history, becoming the first helicopter to land inside a stadium during a Super Bowl.
Jan. 4: The Boeing RAH-66 Comanche makes first flight.
Jan. 25: First McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet for the Swiss Air Force is delivered.
Feb. 15: The Boeing 777 wins Robert J. Collier Trophy as top aeronautical achievement for 1995.
March 29: First flight of the DarkStar, an unmanned aerial vehicle designed and built by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The program would be terminated in 1999.
April 20: The last McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in U.S. operational service flies its last mission.
April 24: The modified McDonnell Douglas F-15 S/TMD becomes the first aircraft to fly supersonic using round, pitch-and-yaw thrust-vectoring nozzles.
April 29: Phil Condit named chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.
Nov. 16: Boeing wins Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstration contract to build and flight-test two variants of the multi-service aircraft.
Nov. 20: The first Boeing component of the International Space Station successfully completes its final pressure test.
Dec. 6: Boeing merges with Rockwell aerospace and defense units, and the Rockwell units are renamed Boeing North American and will operate as a subsidiary.
Dec. 9: Phil Condit, Boeing president and CEO, is elected chairman of the board, effective Feb. 1, 1997.
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