Boeing

We’re turning 100 years young!

Since July 15, 1916, we’ve been making the impossible, possible. From producing a single canvas-and-wood airplane to transforming how we fly over oceans and into the stars, The Boeing Company has become the world's largest aerospace company. And we're just getting started.

Join us this year with events, activities and commemorations that celebrate not only our first century of innovation but also the people and moments that inspire us to live by our founder Bill Boeing’s philosophy -- “build something better.”

We’re ready to write our next century’s history. Come along for a breathtaking flight.

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No Small Dream

Your Story Is Our Story

B-17 rollout

The 5000th B-17 "Flying Fortress" is shown rolling out of the Boeing hangar in May 1944.

So many people have been part of Boeing’s history and have contributed to its success. We heard from you -- employees, retirees, family members, customers, aerospace enthusiasts, travelers, suppliers, community partners and everyone in between.

Our online story-sharing site is more than a place to reflect on stories of joy, challenge, triumph and humor. It also serves as a lasting reminder of our shared history with people around the world: Following our centennial on July 15, 2016, all became a permanent part of the Boeing Archives.

Browse our story collection

Your Story is Our Story

So many people have been part of Boeing’s history and have contributed to its success. We heard from you -- employees, retirees, family members, customers, aerospace enthusiasts, travelers, suppliers, community partners and everyone in between.

Our online story-sharing site is more than a place to reflect on stories of joy, challenge, triumph and humor. It also serves as a lasting reminder of our shared history with people around the world: Following our centennial on July 15, 2016, all became a permanent part of the Boeing Archives.

Browse our story collection

Incredible Legacy

Incredible Legacy

December 20, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

During my nearly 40 years with The Boeing Company the highlight of my career was becoming one of "the Incredibles" on the 747 program.

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Ditto That!

Ditto That!

December 16, 2016 in Honored Enchantment

I joined Boeing in 1961 at age 18. I hired on as a stenographer in the steno pool at Plant 2.

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Living the American Dream

Living the American Dream

December 16, 2016 in Flight of Passage

My proudest moment working at Boeing was on a Family Day. I was giving a demo in the Tunnel Theater at the Everett, Wash., plant, and the entire room was filled with visitors.

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Not Just a Catchy Slogan

Not Just a Catchy Slogan

December 16, 2016 in Universe Revealed

One year into my Boeing career, I had the good fortune to fly on one of ANA's first 787s.

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Steaks and Breaks

Steaks and Breaks

December 16, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

When the 777 was in its infancy, I was awarded the chance to participate in a ceremonial test flight as a guest along with the WA05 Flight Test Team aboard a brand-new 777.

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Innovating Till the Cows Come Home

Innovating Till the Cows Come Home

December 16, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

This was my first job, age 19 off our cattle farm, at Boeing Canada's Vertol division, Arnprior, Ontario.

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High-Flying Celebration

High-Flying Celebration

December 15, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

I was the Boeing Field Service representative stationed in Nairobi, Kenya, and I was privileged to be part of the initial 787 delivery for Kenya Airlines.

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On Donner, On Blitzen, On 747

On Donner, On Blitzen, On 747

December 15, 2016 in Who Knew!

My love for the Boeing 747 started in 2005 when I first began working in the air cargo industry.

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A Bright Light Among the Stars

A Bright Light Among the Stars

December 15, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

My first exposure to Boeing was on my first assignment to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage in 1978.

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Balance and Precision

Balance and Precision

December 15, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

My story is quite simple. I am a former employee of a Boeing subsidiary that manufactured the gearboxes for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

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Big Seven-O-Seven Set to Go

Big Seven-O-Seven Set to Go

December 15, 2016 in Flight of Passage

I am an aviation enthusiast who immediately fell in love with the sleek, beautiful, smoky and noisy Boeing 707.

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Indelible Memories

Indelible Memories

December 14, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

I started working for Boeing on contract in September of 2012 and was officially hired in January of 2013.

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Frank Shrontz and a Sea of 747s

Frank Shrontz and a Sea of 747s

December 14, 2016 in Universe Revealed

In delivering new airplanes to foreign customers, Boeing would often use Boeing pilots to fly the airplanes 400 miles offshore.

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Air Nurses Are Standing By

Air Nurses Are Standing By

December 14, 2016 in Love at First Flight

As I reflect on the time I was a stewardess, flying on a Boeing 247-D -- the first modern airliner -- I recall a time of great wonder.

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Sentimental Journey

Sentimental Journey

December 14, 2016 in Flight of Passage

My wife and I came to Japan to help say goodbye in our own way to the Boeing 747, the Queen of the Skies.

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Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish

December 14, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

I had always been interested in airplanes and the magic of flight.

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Photo Play

Photo Play

December 13, 2016 in Who Knew!

I was born in Seattle in 1930. Growing up, I knew about Boeing, and during the war I remember how it was camouflaged to look like a neighborhood from the sky.

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Earning His Winglets

Earning His Winglets

December 13, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

Being in aerospace engineering for almost 20 years, I always enjoyed working on any Boeing metal.

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Single Mom, Singular Opportunity

Single Mom, Singular Opportunity

December 13, 2016 in Flight of Passage

I started with Boeing a little over nine years ago at Jeppesen. Being a single mother, I was looking for a job that could provide a good quality of life for my son and myself.

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Olympic-Size Dreams

Olympic-Size Dreams

December 13, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

My story will be very general and very simple, but when you are 100, it's a great time to share with somebody your feelings and emotions though they are not a surprise or fun!

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Consult the Manual

Consult the Manual

December 13, 2016 in Who Knew!

I flew from Munich to Bangkok on a business trip. When I took my seat and put my stuff in the compartments, I found one of the aircraft manuals in it.

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Innovations App

Discover more about the first century of innovations and what’s next with the Boeing Innovations App! Download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play and locate the markers – each marker design provides a clue about a Boeing product. Point the target at a marker to reveal hidden Boeing aircraft, spacecraft and more. Once the Boeing product appears, touch the hotspots to learn more and rotate the product for a 360-degree view. Use the markers below or click here for a printable version.

  • 707 marker

  • 747 marker

  • 777 marker

  • 787 marker

  • DC3 marker

  • AH-64E marker

  • P51 marker

  • ECHO marker

  • 702SP marker

  • SLS marker

Explore the Defining Moments of Boeing's Past

Historical image

Throughout our centennial celebration, join us as we dive into our vast collection of Boeing artifacts to explore defining moments of our past. Our new series "The Boeing Archives Presents" brings to life our history through the photos, film, documents and relics that preserve our company's journey. Maintained to capture where we've been and influence where we're going, the Boeing Archives is one of the largest collections of its kind anywhere in the world.

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The Boeing Archives Presents Video Series

Educational Resources

As part of our centennial, Boeing is looking ahead to the next century of possibilities, especially for the next generation of dreamers, builders and inventors. Helping kids get excited about technology and engineering today means more innovations, history-making ideas, and inventions that will change the world in the future.

We are celebrating our centennial year with 100 Days of Learning—a series featuring specially-curated content co-created by Boeing engineers for parents, teachers, and students with a weekly focus on new and exciting themes.

Get inspired by our collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media and design challenges, all of which are intended to develop students’ 21st century skills through STEM knowledge and experiences.

Boeing History

During the past 100 years, humans went from walking on Earth to walking on the moon. They went from riding horses to flying jet airplanes. With each decade, aviation technology crossed another frontier, and, with each crossing, the world changed. Browse the products from Boeing and its heritage companies that crossed those frontiers: the hundreds of passenger airplanes, military aircraft, space capsules, rockets and more. View biographies of the presidents and chief executive officers of Boeing and its heritage companies, such as McDonnell Douglas, North American Aviation, Hughes, Jeppesen and Stearman.

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