The Boeing Logbook: 2007 - 2008
2007 | 2008
2007 Jan. 3: Boeing secures a key role in HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation), a $54 million hypersonics research program jointly established by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Australia's Defense Science and Technology Organization.
Jan. 4: Boeing completes a live demonstration of the Global Positioning System ground station to control the GPS satellites in orbit. It will be activated in September.
Jan. 16: The 747-400 Dreamlifter delivers the first 787 Dreamliner major assemblies to Global Aeronautica in Charleston, S.C.
March 8: A Boeing-led industry team launches Orbital Express, a spacecraft that is part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program for fully autonomous on-orbit spacecraft servicing.
March 12: Continental orders five 787-9 Dreamliners. The Houston-based airline is the first customer in the Americas to order the 787 Dreamliner.
March 16: Boeing delivers the 200th T-45C Goshawk to the U.S. Navy.
March 19: Boeing Phantom Works leads an industry team in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Initiative to examine the distribution of solar energy in the United States.
March 27: Boeing Research and Technology Europe, in Madrid, Spain, tests an experimental fuel-cell-powered airplane.
April 9: The U.S. Army orders18 new-build AH-64D Apache Longbow multirole combat helicopters.
April 11: Boeing submits its KC-767 Advanced Tanker proposal for the U.S. Air Force KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program.
April 18: Boeing crews near the Boeing Portland, Ore., plant construct a wetland that cleans pollutants from storm water before it flows into the Columbia Slough.
April 23: Boeing delivers the first full-rate production Combat Survivor Evader Locator radios, 5,053 units, to the U.S. Department of Defense.
May 21: Final assembly begins on the first 787 Dreamliner.
June 4: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grants type certification to the Dreamlifter.
June 8: The F-22 Raptor, designed by the team of Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Air Force, is awarded the Collier Trophy.
June 15: The A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft makes its first flight.
July 8: The first 787 Dreamliner rolls out at a celebration attended by 15,000 people at the Everett, Wash., final assembly factory. More than 30,000 participate via two-way satellite from Japan, Italy and locations in the United States.
July 20: Boeing's X-48B research aircraft, featuring the Blended Wing Body, flies for the first time.
Aug. 16: Boeing completes the first phase of its nanosatellite research and experimentation with the successful conclusion of the CubeSat TestBed 1 mission.
Aug. 27: The new CH-47F Chinook helicopter joins the U.S. Army's aviation fleet.
Aug. 28: Boeing is awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $514.7 million to produce the upper stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. The Ares I will help propel astronauts to the moon by 2020.
Sept. 25: Boeing delivers the first production EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy.
Sept. 28: Boeing, Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce announce plans to conduct a biofuel demonstration flight in the second half of 2008.
Nov. 13: Boeing ships a developmental heat shield designed to protect future astronauts from extreme heat for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.
Nov. 20: The X-45A Joint Unmanned Combat Air System is awarded the Johnston Memorial Trophy by the U.K. Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.
Dec. 31: The company ends 2007 with 1,413 net commercial airplane orders, setting a Boeing record for total orders in a single year and marking an unprecedented third consecutive year of more than 1,000 orders.
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2008 Jan. 7: Boeing submits a proposal for the HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopter to the U.S. Air Force.
Jan. 8: Boeing opens a new F-15E Mission Training Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
Jan. 14: Boeing wins a contract to build a commercial satellite for ProtoStar Ltd. The 601 HP-model spacecraft will deliver direct-to-home satellite television programming and broadband Internet access throughout Asia.
Jan. 15: A Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket launches a Boeing-built spacecraft for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company providing mobile telephone services.
Jan. 23: The first 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft modified in Australia for Project Wedgetail makes its first successful functional check flight.
Jan. 25: Boeing and Lockheed Martin agree to partner on studies and system development efforts for the U.S. Air Force Next Generation Bomber program.
Jan. 26: Boeing completes the first KC-767 Tanker night refueling involving an F-15E fighter aircraft.
Jan. 30: The U.S. Air Force awards The Boeing Company a $116 million contract for more than 4,000 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits.
Feb. 19: Boeing delivers the first of four KC-767 Tankers to Itochu Corp. for Japan's Air Self-Defense Force. The aircraft is the first aerial refueling tanker in Japan's history. The second will be delivered March 5.
Feb. 22: Boeing and partner Lockheed Martin announce the first multiyear sustainment contract to provide post-delivery support for the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor fleet. Boeing's portion of the contract is $450 million for aircraft support in 2008 and 2009.
Feb. 24: Boeing, Virgin Atlantic and GE Aviation conduct the first commercial aviation flight using a sustainable biomass-to-liquid fuel mixed with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel. The fuel blend includes oils from Babassu nuts extracted from indigenous Brazilian plants, and coconuts from the Philippines.
Feb. 27: The U.S. Army awards Boeing a $280.5 million contract for 11 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
Feb. 28: Boeing delivers its 1,400th 747, a 747-400 Freighter to GE Commercial Aviation Services.
Feb. 29: Boeing delivers the first widebody 777-200LR (longer range) for a U.S. carrier to Delta Air Lines, as well as the 700th 777, a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to International Lease Finance Corp. and its customer, Cathay Pacific Airways.
March 17: The U.S. Air Force awards Boeing a $130 million contract to upgrade 16 Air Force and Air National Guard F-15C Eagles with the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.
March 19: Sea Launch successfully delivered the DIRECTV 11 broadcast satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the equator, marking its fourth successful launch of a Boeing built DIRECTV satellite.
March 27: The first 777 Freighter, Boeing's newest cargo jet, enters a moving assembly line. The freighter is the first derivative to test the new 777 production system.
March 28: The U.S. Department of Defense awards Boeing and Bell a $10.4 billion, five-year contract for 167 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
April 1: Boeing begins final assembly of the first P-8A Poseidon, a military derivative of the 737-800, for the U.S. Navy.
April 3: Boeing flies a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells, a first in aviation history.
April 11: The first 767-300 Converted Freighter makes its inaugural flight.
April 16: The U.S. Air Force places the first Wideband Global SATCOM satellite into operation over the Pacific region.
April 16: Boeing delivers the first Laser JDAM (LJDAM) kits to the U.S. Air Force.
April 21: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards Boeing and United Kingdom-based QinetiQ Ltd a contract to create an ultra-long-endurance, unmanned aircraft. The Vulture or SolarEagle program involves a fixed-wing aircraft that can maintain an airborne payload on station for more than five years.
April 23: Boeing and Airbus sign an agreement to work together to reduce the effects of aviation on the environment. The two companies focus on accelerating improvements to the world's air transportation management system to eliminate unnecessary traffic congestion.
May 19: The Boeing Company fires a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft in ground tests for the first time, achieving a key milestone for the Advanced Tactical Laser Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program.
May 19: The A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft flies for 18.7 consecutive hours, setting a world record for endurance for unmanned aerial vehicles in its weight class.
May 21: The first 777 Freighter is unveiled at a ceremony at the Everett, Wash., facility.
May 24: Boeing, Shenzhen Airlines, Medical Teams International and Mercy Corps deliver nearly three tons (U.S.) of medical supplies for victims of the recent China earthquake in an effort called "Flight of Hope."
June 3: Boeing delivers the first fleet EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
June 4: The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station install the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory on the orbital outpost.
June 6: The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awards Boeing and Insitu Inc. a $65 million contract to provide continuing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services through the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system.
June 11: Boeing announces a finalized agreement to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries' interest in Global Aeronautica. The South Carolina fuselage sub-assembly facility for the 787 Dreamliner becomes a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Alenia North America.
June 11: The 2008 International Satellite and Communications exchange awards Boeing the Satellite Industry Leadership Award.
June 17: Boeing, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd. and ANA Cargo celebrate the completion and certification of the first 767-300BCF (Boeing-Converted Freighter).
June 19: The Power On milestone is completed on the first 787 Dreamliner. Power On is a complex series of tasks and tests that bring electrical power onto the airplane and begin to exercise the use of the electrical systems.
June 30: Congress authorizes allocation of $3.6 billion for an additional 15 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the U.S. Air Force. The funding is expected to extend C-17 production through August 2010.
July 3: Boeing Australia Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, becomes the company's first certified U.S. Federal Aviation Administration repair station outside the United States.
July 8: Boeing teams with SkyHook International Inc. to develop the JHL-40 (Jess Heavy Lifter), a new commercial heavy-lift rotorcraft for transporting equipment and materials in remote regions. The helium-filled envelope is sized to support the weight of the vehicle and fuel without payload. It can lift 40-ton sling load and carry it up to 200 miles without refueling.
July 11: The AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter makes its first flight at a ceremony attended by more than 300 people at the company's Apache production facility in Mesa, Ariz.
July 14: The first Boeing 777 Freighter makes its first flight.
July 15: Boeing completes a major communications upgrade on the first of five Saudi E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft as part of a $49.2 million contract.
July 17: The first 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft modified by Turkish Aerospace Industries in Ankara for Turkey's Peace Eagle program makes its first flight.
July 21: Boeing announces that DIRECTV Inc. has taken on-orbit delivery of the DIRECTV 11 satellite, which will continue to expand DIRECTV's industry-leading lineup of high-definition television channels and services to millions of households in the United States.
July 21: Qatar Armed Forces orders a C-17 Globemaster III airlifter.
July 24: Boeing signs a commercial contract with the government of Germany for the production of LJDAM and integration support on Tornado aircraft, marking the first international sale of the LJDAM weapon system.
Aug. 4: Boeing announces the completion of a 20,500-square-foot satellite Mission Control Center in El Segundo, Calif. The center can manage up to four commercial or government satellite missions at the same time. The U.S. Air Force is expected to be the first customer.
Aug. 9: Boeing begins major assembly on the first 747-8 Freighter.
Aug. 14: Boeing completes the first Boeing Business Jet 3. The airplane is based on a Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane.
Aug. 19: The U.S. Army awards Boeing a $36 million contract for a truck-mounted, high-energy laser weapon system that will destroy rockets, artillery shells and mortar rounds.
Aug. 26: The U.S. Army awards Boeing a $4.3 billion contract for 181 CH-47F Chinooks and 10 additional Chinooks.
Sept. 3: Bahrain's national carrier, Gulf Air, orders an additional eight 787 Dreamliners. Upon successful conclusion of negotiations with the airline, Gulf Air will have 24 787s on order.
Sept. 6: Boeing, through its commercial launch business, successfully launches the GeoEye-1 satellite aboard a Delta II rocket. GeoEye-1 will have the highest resolution of any commercial imaging system.
Sept. 9: Boeing acquires Insitu Inc., a pioneer in the unmanned air systems market.
Sept. 17: Boeing delivers its 200,000th JDAM tail kit.
Sept. 22: Boeing delivers the second of two mission system simulators, part of the upgrade of NATO's 17 E-3A AWACS aircraft.
Sept. 24: Phantom Works and NASA researchers successfully stall and recover unmanned, remotely piloted X-48B research aircraft during two flights as they study aerodynamic characteristics of the blended wing.
Sept. 24: An international consortium of 10 NATO members, joined by Partnership for Peace nations Sweden and Finland, orders three C-17 Globemaster III long-range cargo jets.
Oct. 1: NASA awards Boeing a $650 million sole-source contract to continue to deliver and integrate components and software for the International Space Station.
Oct. 7: Boeing begins work on the new AH-6 light attack/reconnaissance helicopter.
Oct. 13: Boeing delivers the 20,000th Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) communications system to the joint services.
Nov. 3: Boeing rolls out the first F-15SG jet fighter. The F-15SG is a variant of the F-15E built for the Singapore air force.
Nov. 14: The U.S. Navy receives the first production LJDAM guidance kits, addressing the service's need to engage fast-moving land targets.
Dec. 5: Boeing proves that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system can defeat a long-range ballistic missile target by intercepting a target in the most complex test to date.
Dec. 9: The first of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force enters final assembly.
Dec. 15: The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory selects an industry team led by Phantom Works to develop the technology for that enables unmanned aerial vehicles to refuel from tanker aircraft.
Dec. 17: The U.S. Air Force authorizes $234 million to Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to complete production of the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite.
Dec. 23: Boeing achieves its 2008 commitment to certify all major manufacturing facilities to the globally recognized International Organization for Standardization 14001 environmental management system standard.
Dec. 31: The Boeing Company in 2008 recorded 662 net commercial airplane orders.
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