The Boeing Logbook: 2005 - 2006
2005 | 2006
2005 Jan. 28: Boeing gives the 7E7 Dreamliner its official model designation number of 787, following an offer by the People's Republic of China to buy 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Feb. 14: Two Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Boeing X-45As perform their first simulated combat mission, eliminating two simulated pop-up ground threats.
Feb. 15: The first 777-200LR Worldliner, the world's longest range commercial airplane is rolled out in Everett, Wash. It can carry 301 passengers up to 9,420 nautical miles.
Feb. 22: Boeing and Onex Corp. announce an agreement under which Onex will acquire the Wichita/Tulsa Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The transaction includes Commercial Airplanes facilities and assets in Wichita, Kan., and Tulsa and McAlester, Okla, but not IDS operations. The sale will be completed June 16.
Feb. 24: Boeing officials and Italian Air Force customers roll out the first KC-767A advanced aerial refueling tanker in Wichita.
March 6: Boeing President and CEO, Harry Stonecipher, resigns and leaves the board of directors. The next day, the board appoints Chief Financial Officer James A. Bell, as president and CEO on an interim basis. Board Chairman Lew Platt assumes an expanded role as non-executive chairman.
March 8: The first Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner completes its first flight and begins a test program leading to its first delivery in January 2006.
March 16: Boeing rolls out first F-15K Strike Eagle fighter aircraft built for the Republic of Korea Air Force.
April 28: Boeing delivers its last 757 passenger airplane, concluding a 23-year production run. It is the 1,050th Boeing 757, with more than 1,030 still in service.
May 2: Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp. form the United Launch Alliance, combining production, engineering, test, and launch operations associated with U.S. government launches of Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas rockets.
May 9: Boeing opens the Virtual Warfare Center in St. Louis, Mo., where representatives from the military services participate in warfare scenarios.
May 23: The Boeing 777 Freighter is launched, following an order from Air France for five 777 Freighters, with options for three additional airplanes.
June 10: The first Italian Air Force KC-767A advanced aerial refueling tanker makes its first flight across the Atlantic Ocean to the Paris Air Show 2005.
June 14: The X-45A J-UCAS program receives the prestigious Flight International Aerospace Industry Award for 2005 in the category of Missiles and Military Aviation.
June 21: Vietnam Airlines, the national airline of Socialist Republic of Vietnam, purchases four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
June 30: W. James McNerney Jr., formerly chairman and chief executive officer of 3M, is elected Boeing chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer.
July 18: Boeing launches the new higher capacity, longer range 737-900ER (Extended Range), following an order for up to 60 of the airplanes from Lion Air.
July 26: The Boeing-led Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) industry team and the Missile Defense Agency officially dedicate the SBX radar, a key component of Ground-based Midcourse Defense program.
Aug. 2: Boeing sells its Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business to United Technologies Corp.
Aug. 17: UPS orders eight 747-400 Freighters; the first time UPS has ordered 747-400 Freighters.
Aug. 17: The U.S. government, on behalf of the Government of Kuwait, accepts the first of Kuwait's 16 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters from Boeing.
Aug. 26: A Boeing F-15E launches HyFly, a missile that flies faster than Mach 3 to strike time-critical targets hundreds of miles away, to successfully demonstrate boost phase performance. Boeing, DARPA and the Office of Naval Research are working on HyFly's design, development and testing.
Sept. 19: The U.S. Air Force takes delivery of the first production CV-22 Osprey, the Air Force Special Operations variant of the V-22 .
Oct. 3: Boeing starts production of the new CH-47F Chinook heavy-transport helicopter as part of the U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter modernization program.
Oct. 5: The first 747-400 passenger airplane to be converted in the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter program arrives in Hong Kong for launch customer Cathay Pacific Airways. The 747-400 BCF will be redelivered to Cathay Pacific on Dec. 19.
Oct. 10: Boeing makes an on-orbit delivery of the Boeing 702 Spaceway F1 satellite, the most complex commercial satellite ever manufactured, to DIRECTV Inc., enabling HDTV local service to the U.S.
Oct. 19: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selects Boeing as one of the "Best Workplaces for Commuters." It ranked Boeing No. 12 of the Fortune 500 companies and No. 1 in the aerospace industry.
Oct. 24: Boeing sells its operations in Arnprior, Canada, to Arnprior Aerospace Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Industries Inc.
Nov. 10: The Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner establishes a new world record for nonstop distance by a commercial airplane, flying 11,664 nautical miles in 22 hours and 42 minutes from Hong Kong to London.
Nov. 14: The Boeing 747-8 program, including the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter airplane, is launched with an order of 10 747-8 Freighters from Cargolux, based in Luxembourg, with purchase rights for 10 additional airplanes.
Nov. 21: Boeing Business Jets offers a larger Boeing Business Jet, based on the 737-900ER commercial jetliner.
Dec. 2: The A160 Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft makes its first test flight from an airfield near Victorville, Calif.
Dec. 5: The second canard rotor/wing (CRW) technology demonstrator, the X-50A Dragonfly unmanned air vehicle, successfully completes a four-minute hover flight at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in southwest Arizona.
Dec. 12: The government of Singapore awards Boeing a contract to produce 12 F-15SG aircraft as the country's next-generation fighter.
Dec. 13: Qantas Airways orders 45 787 Dreamliners, with 20 options and purchase rights for an additional 50 airplanes, the largest order to date for the Dreamliner in terms of the total package.
Dec. 13: The Boeing-led Ground-Based Midcourse Defense team and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announce the successful execution of a flight test, marking a critical milestone for the program.
Dec. 15: Boeing board of directors elects Kenneth M. Duberstein lead director, replacing Lew Platt who passed away earlier in the year. Duberstein, 61, has served on the Boeing board since 1997.
Dec. 15: The first AH-64DJP Apache Longbow helicopter for the Japanese government is delivered to Fuji Heavy Industries. It is the first production Apache to be delivered with air-to-air Stinger missile launcher capabilities.
Dec. 16: The Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour opens at its new 73,000 square-foot facility in Everett, Wash.
Dec. 21: Total orders for the all-time, best-selling 737 surpass the 6,000 mark, with an order for 10 737-800s from Xiamen Airlines.
Dec. 31: Boeing ends 2005 having set a new Boeing record for total orders in a single year. Its tally of 1,002 net commercial orders in 2005 surpasses the previous record of 877 set in 1988.
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2006 Jan. 11: Boeing lands its largest satellite contract in 9 years for three satellites and associated ground systems with Mobile Satellite Ventures.
Jan. 16: Boeing delivers a 737-700 aircraft to Boeing Australia for modifications. It will provide a new airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) capability for the Australian Defence Force.
Jan. 23: Boeing Missile Defense Systems takes delivery of the aircraft for the Advanced Tactical Laser program, the first of several key milestones in the laser gunship effort.
Jan. 31: Boeing launches the 737-700ER, the longest range 737, with an order for two of the aircraft from ANA.
Feb. 2: The world's longest-range commercial jetliner, the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, is certified by U.S. and European authorities to begin passenger service with airlines around the world.
Feb. 7: Boeing delivers the Spirit of Hawai'i - Ke Aloha to officials from Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. This will be the first USAF C-17 in the Pacific region.
Feb. 13: The 5,000th 737 comes off the production line. The 737 is the most-produced large commercial jet airplane in aviation history.
Feb. 15: Sea Launch successfully delivers the EchoStar X communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit.
Feb. 27: Pakistan International Airlines is the first to fly the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner. PIA will offer direct, nonstop flights from Toronto to Karachi in March.
Feb. 28: The Boeing board of directors elects William M. Daley, chairman of the Midwest region for JPMorgan Chase & Co., as a new board member. Daley will serve on the finance committee.
March 13: Boeing delivers a 737-700 to TUSAS Aerospace Industries Inc. of Ankara, Turkey, for modification as an AEW&C platform for Turkey's Peace Eagle program.
March 29: Guinness World Records recognizes the mural on the Boeing factory building in Everett, Wash., as the largest digital graphic in the world. It comprises more than 100,000 square feet of pressure-sensitive graphic film.
May 4: The U.S. Air Force designates Phantom Works to lead research on X-48B Blended Wing Body Concept with two, high-fidelity, 21-foot wingspan prototypes for the flexible, long-range, high-capacity military aircraft slated for wind tunnel and flight testing during 2006.
May 22: Boeing delivers the first production Small Diameter Bomb I System to the U.S Air Force during a rollout ceremony at the Boeing Weapons facility in St. Charles, Mo.
May 23: Boeing delivers the last two of the 156 717 airplanes produced to Midwest Airlines and AirTran Airways, marking the end of commercial airplane production in Southern California, started in the 1920s by Donald Douglas.
June 15: Boeing rolls out the first production CH-47F Chinook helicopter. It is the first of 452 new CH-47F heavy-transport helicopters in the U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter modernization program
June 27: The Delta IV rocket makes its first flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., with the successful launch of the National Reconnaissance Office satellite.
June 30: The Unmanned Little Bird technology demonstrator makes its first unmanned flight. The aircraft is a modified MD 530F single-turbine helicopter.
June 30: Boeing and its partner, Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), celebrate the start of major assembly for the first 787 Dreamliner. FHI is assembling the center wing section at its new factory in Handa, Japan, near Nagoya.
Aug. 3: The first EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft rolls out. The derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet will make its first flight on Aug. 15, one month ahead of schedule.
Aug. 8: Boeing rolls out the new 737-900ER airplane at its Renton, Wash., facility.
Aug. 17: Boeing decides to discontinue Connexion by Boeing service because the market did not materialize.
Aug. 17: The first 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter (LCF) rolls out of the hangar at Taipei's Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport. It is the first of three specially modified jets that will be used to transport major assemblies for the all-new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Aug. 18: Boeing acquires C-Map, a leading provider of digital maritime cartography, data services and other navigational information; it will join Jeppesen's marine division.
Aug. 28: Boeing signs a contract to provide 600,000 solar concentrator cells to SolFocus Inc., a California-based renewable energy company developing renewable terrestrial energy alternatives.
Sept. 1: The 737-900ER makes it first flight from the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash.
Sept. 5: Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney appoints Scott E. Carson president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Carson replaces Alan Mulally, who has been named chief executive of Ford Motor Co.
Sept. 9: The 747-400 LCF makes its first flight, initiating the flight-test program that will culminate in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification.
Sept. 11: The U.S. Army selects Boeing as one of six contractors to provide satellite communications systems and services for the World-Wide Satellite Systems program under a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.
Sept. 19: The C-130 Avionics Modernization Program aircraft makes its first flight.
Sept. 20: Boeing buys Aviall Inc., the largest independent provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services in the aerospace industry.
Sept. 20: NASA contracts Boeing to design and develop a thermal protection system for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, the next-generation spacecraft that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and the moon.
Sept. 21: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards an industry team led by Boeing a contract for the technology component of its Secure Border Initiative effort, SBInet.
Sept. 22: Boeing delivers the first EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy test site at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Oct. 2: Both X-45A unmanned combat air vehicles are sent to museums for display, one to the Smithsonian and one to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Oct. 9: The A/MH-6X manned/unmanned military light-turbine helicopter makes its first flight. It combines technologies of the A/MH-6M Mission Enhanced Little Bird with Unmanned Little Bird Demonstrator, a modified MD 530F civil helicopter.
Oct. 9: Emirates orders 10 747-8 Freighters .
Oct. 13: The Advanced Tactical Laser Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program begins flight testing.
Oct. 17: Boeing launches widebody VIP airplanes with seven orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 announced by Boeing Business Jets.
Oct. 24: Boeing, Shanghai Airport (Group) Co. Ltd., and Shanghai Airlines Co. Ltd. break ground for a new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility that the three companies will manage as Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services based at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.
Oct. 25: The first production CH-47F Chinook helicopter successfully completes its first flight.
Nov. 8: The first C-17 Globemaster III for the Royal Australian Air Force completes its maiden flight. It will be delivered Nov. 28 in a ceremony at the Long Beach, Calif., C-17 manufacturing facility.
Nov. 8: Boeing starts using a moving assembly line for the first time to build its market-leading 777 jetliner.
Nov. 9: The U.S. Air Force selects the Boeing HH-47 helicopter as winner of the Combat Search and Rescue program competition. The CSAR program calls for initial operational capability of HH-47 aircraft during 2012.
Nov. 14: The 150th Boeing airplane is delivered to Air China. The 737-800 is the first airplane in China to feature the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games livery.
Dec. 1: Boeing and Lockheed Martin complete combining their expendable launch vehicle businesses, forming the joint venture called United Launch Alliance.
Dec. 6: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is featured in a "virtual rollout" at the Everett, Wash., plant.
Dec. 6: Deutsche Lufthansa AG orders 20 747-8 Intercontinental jetliners plus 20 purchase rights. Lufthansa is the first airline to place an order for the passenger version of the fuel-efficient airplane.
Dec. 21: The first KC-767 Tanker slated for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force makes its first flight. It will be Japan's first aerial-refueling platform when delivered in February 2007.
Dec. 31: 2006 sets another new Boeing record for total commercial orders in a single year. The total of 1,044 net orders surpasses the previous record of 1,002 net orders in 2005.
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