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.

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Recent Stories

Long-Haul Romance

Long-Haul Romance

December 8, 2016 in Love at First Flight

I joined McDonnell Douglas on Jan. 4, 1982, after serving in the U.S. Air Force. I have always had a great love and passion for anything to do with airplanes.

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If It Flies Like a Duck...

If It Flies Like a Duck...

December 8, 2016 in Universe Revealed

In the mid '90s I was based in Seattle for BMW Rolls-Royce to market the BR700 engines to Boeing.

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Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

December 8, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

In November 1954, after just getting out of the Air Force as a preflight mechanic, I got a job at Boeing as a preflight mechanic on the B-52 airplanes.

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Sitting on Top of the World

Sitting on Top of the World

December 6, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

My dad, Lloyd W. Andrews, started at Boeing Wichita in 1947. He started on the B-47 line and within a couple of years moved to Modification.

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Nearly Sandbagged by Betsy

Nearly Sandbagged by Betsy

December 6, 2016 in Who Knew!

In 1965, I was working at the Michoud Plant in eastern New Orleans as a weight engineer. We were building the S-1C Saturn Booster there for the Apollo Mission moon shot.

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Quick Change Artist

Quick Change Artist

December 6, 2016 in Flight of Passage

On Jan. 21, 1970, I was scheduled to report to work on the midnight shift at the Pan Am aircraft maintenance hanger No. 17 at JFK international Airport.

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Reassuring Rumble

Reassuring Rumble

December 1, 2016 in Flight of Passage

I was a combat engineer in I Corps Vietnam. I did work in remote landing zones (LZ) where we were far, far away from supporting troops.

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A World of Possibilities

A World of Possibilities

December 1, 2016 in Universe Revealed

I heard the word "Boeing" when I arrived in the United States in 2007. I have never known this word before.

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T.A. Wilson in 'Olive' His Glory

T.A. Wilson in 'Olive' His Glory

December 1, 2016 in Who Knew!

I was able to work for T.A. Wilson as he worked his way up to chairman.

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Must Be Your Lucky Number

Must Be Your Lucky Number

November 29, 2016 in Flight of Passage

My father invited me to attend an event to celebrate the first Boeing 767 acquired by Transbrasil, a former Brazilian aviation company no longer in business.

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It All Started in a Phone Booth

It All Started in a Phone Booth

November 29, 2016 in Universe Revealed

I remember when I was very young my dad bringing me home an aviation magazine he'd found in a telephone booth.

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Drama Behind the Scenes

Drama Behind the Scenes

November 29, 2016 in Who Knew

I was a co-pilot flying the Boeing KC-135 in 1966, flying out of Kadena, Okinawa. It was the proverbial dark and stormy night.

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In-Flight Entertainment

In-Flight Entertainment

November 22, 2016 in Love at First Flight

My story and love affair with Boeing started when I was a little child aged about 3.

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Do Not Spindle, Fold or Mutilate

Do Not Spindle, Fold or Mutilate

November 22, 2016 in Who Knew!

Having served just under 38 years with Boeing, I will tell of my oldest experience as an engineering aide during my junior year (1974) at the University of Washington.

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Second Wind

Second Wind

November 22, 2016 in Flight of Passage

After 38 years in the printing industry, getting laid off was a huge blow at age 55.

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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.

Explore the video series

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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