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.

Be a part of the Boeing centennial celebration and ensure your story is captured for posterity -- through your own words.

Share your Boeing story

So many people have been part of Boeing’s history and have contributed to its success. We want to hear 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 stories will become a permanent part of the Boeing Archives.

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Recent Stories

Not Quite Ready for His Wings

Not Quite Ready for His Wings

September 29, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

As a kid, probably around 10 years old, I was on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia, and asked to visit the flight deck.

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Elegant and Ageless

Elegant and Ageless

September 29, 2016 in Universe Revealed

I have been a repeated passenger on the good old 747 for a number of years. She remains elegant and even more beautiful than her A380 rival.

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Well Schooled in Aviation

Well Schooled in Aviation

September 29, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

In the early 1930s, my dad won an essay contest sponsored by the Boeing School of Aeronautics, which paid for his commercial pilot's license.

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100 Times 2

100 Times 2

September 27, 2016 in Who Knew!

Boeing is turning 100, and so am I! I was born in Czechoslovakia on Nov. 19, 1916, and am a proud Boeing retiree.

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Brasil '68: An Oldie But Goodie

Brasil '68: An Oldie But Goodie

September 27, 2016 in Universe Revealed

My family emigrated from Brazil to USA in 1968. The Boeing 707 airliner Aerolineas Argentinas made it all safely possible.

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Dream On!

Dream On!

September 27, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

After admiring Boeing for years, I had finally got to fly one back in 2012.

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Light on Its Feet

Light on Its Feet

September 22, 2016 in Firsts to Remember

I am a 747 super fan! My bucket list is that I hold the yoke in flight for five seconds!

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Testing the Limits of the B-29

Testing the Limits of the B-29

September 22, 2016 in Universe Revealed

It was great work to have back then, to be a Test Flight Engineer on the B-29s.

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Bridge to a Hopeful Future

Bridge to a Hopeful Future

September 22, 2016 in Flight of Passage

I am 50 years old and have a son and three daughters and live in Manchester, England.

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Lounge Act

Lounge Act

September 20, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

As a young U.S. Army Private E-2, having graduated Air Traffic Control school at Keesler AFB, I was given orders to report to Vietnam via Oakland Army Terminal.

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Barrel Roll Rehearsals

Barrel Roll Rehearsals

September 20, 2016 in Who Knew!

When I was a boy, Jim Gannett lived across the street. Jim was a Boeing test pilot at the time.

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Magic Above the Clouds

Magic Above the Clouds

September 20, 2016 in Flight of Passage

When I was around 3, I boarded an airplane for the first time. It was a Boeing 737 operated by a Chinese airline.

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His Dream Was in It for the Long Haul

His Dream Was in It for the Long Haul

September 15, 2016 in Honored Enchantments

Being a resident from Baton Rouge, La., I started my journey here in Washington state in 1986, when I got a job working at a major truck company's Renton plant.

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Every Model Under His Belt

Every Model Under His Belt

September 15, 2016 in Love at First Flight

I remember taking my first flight on a Boeing 707. The airline was the now-defunct TWA. It was love at first flight.

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Parachute Not Required

Parachute Not Required

September 15, 2016 in Flight of Passage

It was about 1996 -- wow, 20 years ago. I was so nervous. I was a child when I was on an airplane for the first time.

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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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