Historical Snapshot

The B & W was the first Boeing product, named after the initials of its designers, William Boeing and U.S. Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt.

The first B & W, completed in June 1916, was made of wood, linen and wire. Inspired by the Martin TA trainer that Boeing owned, the B & W had, among other improvements, better pontoons and a more powerful engine.

The two B & Ws were offered to the U.S. Navy. When the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became the company's first international sale. The B & Ws later were used for New Zealand express and airmail deliveries, set a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet (1981 meters) feet on June 25, 1919, and made that country's first official airmail flight on Dec. 16, 1919.

    B & W Seaplane

    Technical Specifications

    First flight June 15, 1916
    Model number 1
    Classification Utility seaplane
    Span 52 feet
    Length 27 feet 6 inches
    Gross weight 2,800 pounds
    Top speed 75 mph
    Cruising speed 67 mph
    Range 320 miles
    Power 125-horsepower Hall-Scott A-5 engine
    Accommodation Two crew