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Notable 'Firsts'
Boeing and the Heritage companies have compiled many 'firsts' since 1916.
B & W Pulled up a Ramp
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B & W Pulled up a Ramp
William E. Boeing, company founder, and Conrad Westervelt, a Navy officer, designed and built the B &...
William Boeing and Eddie Hubbard with Model C
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William Boeing and Eddie Hubbard with Model C
On March 3, 1919, William Boeing (right) and pilot Eddie Hubbard performed the first U.S. international...
Boeing Flying Boat, Model B-1, circa 1919
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Boeing Flying Boat, Model B-1, circa 1919
After the war, Boeing designed its first commercial airplane with the vast water areas of the Northwest...
Boeing Model C on Lake Union
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Boeing Model C on Lake Union
The Model C two-place training seaplane was the first "all-Boeing" design and the company's first financial...
Boeing Model 8/BB-L6
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Boeing Model 8/BB-L6
The Boeing Model 8/BB-L6 made its first flight on May 24, 1920. Built for Herb Munter's aerial tours,...
Cloudster on Tarmac
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Cloudster on Tarmac
The Cloudster was the first Douglas product. It was also the first airplane in history to airlift a useful...
Douglas World Cruisers Flying in Formation
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Douglas World Cruisers Flying in Formation
The Douglas World Cruiser was one of the most famous of the early Douglas airplanes. Ordered by the U.S....
Douglas World Cruiser Surrounded by Crowd
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Douglas World Cruiser Surrounded by Crowd
In 1923, Douglas built five Douglas World Cruisers to attempt the first flight around the world. In Seattle,...
Crowd Celebrates the First Mail Plane
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Crowd Celebrates the First Mail Plane
The Douglas M-Series of mail planes were developed simultaneously with the O-2 observation planes for...
Model of Boeing PW-9
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Model of Boeing PW-9
The Model 15 (PW-9) was the first successful Boeing-designed fighter and established the company as a...
First Stewardesses
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First Stewardesses
In 1930, Boeing Air Transport 80As introduced aviation's first stewardesses (one per airplane), who were...
Model 200 Monomail in Flight
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Model 200 Monomail in Flight
The Monomail of 1930 was developed by Boeing as one of the first truly "modern" transport airplanes,...
Boeing Model 247 in the Clouds
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Boeing Model 247 in the Clouds
The revolutionary Boeing Model 247, developed in 1933, was an all-metal, twin-engine airplane and the...
Boeing 307 Stratoliner Prototype in Flight
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Boeing 307 Stratoliner Prototype in Flight
The Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the world's first high-altitude commercial transport and the first...
314 Clipper in the Ocean
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314 Clipper in the Ocean
The Boeing 314 Clipper of 1938 represents the pinnacle of romance in air travel. This was the largest...
One-Quarter Scale NA-73 Mustang Model at NAA Wind Tunnel
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One-Quarter Scale NA-73 Mustang Model at NAA Wind Tunnel
The North American P-51 Mustang introduced the laminar flow wing. North American Aviation's engineers...
B-29 Superfortress in Flight
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B-29 Superfortress in Flight
The Boeing B-29 is the most technologically advanced airplane during World War Two. It was the first...
McDonnell FH-1 Phantom: First Jet-Propelled Carrier Takeoff
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McDonnell FH-1 Phantom: First Jet-Propelled Carrier Takeoff
In 1943, McDonnell Aircraft won a contract to develop the world's first carrier-based jet aircraft. The...
B-50A in Flight
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B-50A in Flight
In 1949, the B-50A, the Lucky Lady II, made the first nonstop flight around the world in 94 hours, refueled...
The Flying Banana, Piasecki PV-17 (HRP-2) Rescuer Helicopter in Flight
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The Flying Banana, Piasecki PV-17 (HRP-2) Rescuer Helicopter in Flight
The HRP-1 was the second helicopter ever flown in the United States and the world's first successful...
F-86 Sabre in Flight
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F-86 Sabre in Flight
The F-86 was the first swept-wing airplane in the U.S. fighter inventory. North American manufactured...
B-47 Stratojet in Flight
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B-47 Stratojet in Flight
At the time of its first flight, Dec. 17, 1947, the B-47 Stratojet represented a radical departure from...
D-558-2 Skyrocket, First to Reach Mach 2
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D-558-2 Skyrocket, First to Reach Mach 2
On June 11, 1951, the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket, flown by company test pilot Bill Bridgeman, set new...
KB-29P Refueling B-50D in Flight
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KB-29P Refueling B-50D in Flight
An entirely new career began for the B-29 Superfortress when the Strategic Air Command decided to use...
F-100 Super Sabre Prototype (YF-100) in Flight
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F-100 Super Sabre Prototype (YF-100) in Flight
North American Aviation's F-100 Super Sabre first flew May 25, 1953, and was the first operational fighter...
Douglas DC-7 in Flight
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Douglas DC-7 in Flight
The DC-7 was the first commercial transport able to fly nonstop westbound across the United States against...
Navy R4D Skytrain "Que Sera Sera"  in Antarctica
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Navy R4D Skytrain "Que Sera Sera" in Antarctica
A Navy R4D Skytrain, piloted by Lt. Cmdr Conrad "Gus" Shinn taking off from South Pole for McMurdo Sound,...
H-21B Shawnee in Front of Flight Line
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H-21B Shawnee in Front of Flight Line
The US Army completed the first transcontinental helicopter flight on August 24, 1956, when an H-21 Shawnee...
707-120, Flying over Mt. Rainier
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707-120, Flying over Mt. Rainier
The Boeing 707 was the world's first successful commercial jet transport. On October 26, 1958, Pan American...
DC-8 in Flight
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DC-8 in Flight
During a test dive in 1962, the Douglas DC-8 Series 53 became the first commercial airliner to exceed...
Mercury 'Friendship VII' Returns to St. Louis After its Historic Orbit Around the Earth
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Mercury 'Friendship VII' Returns to St. Louis After its Historic Orbit Around the Earth
Eleven months before America announced a plan to orbit a man around the Earth, the engineering team in...
X-15 Rocket Research Plane on Tarmac
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X-15 Rocket Research Plane on Tarmac
The North American X-15 was the first winged vehicle to take a man into space and to speeds great than...
XB-70 Valkyrie in Flight
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XB-70 Valkyrie in Flight
The XB-70A, built by North American Aviation's Los Angeles (Calif.) Division for the U.S. Air Force,...
US Air Force, Navy, Marines and F-4 Phantom IIs Flying in Formation
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US Air Force, Navy, Marines and F-4 Phantom IIs Flying in Formation
The McDonnell Douglas-built F-4 Phantom II was the first fighter to serve the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps...
Gemini Docking Manuever Practice
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Gemini Docking Manuever Practice
In 1965, Project Gemini achieved the world's first rendezvous of two manned and maneuverable spacecraft,...
First 747 in Flight
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First 747 in Flight
747 - The world’s first widebody jet. The mid-1960s saw the development and introduction of many new...
Launch of Apollo 11
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Launch of Apollo 11
Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and North American Rockwell teamed to build the Saturn Apollo space vehicle...
Skylab Space Station in Orbit
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Skylab Space Station in Orbit
Skylab was America’s first orbital workshop.
Space Shuttle Cutaway
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Space Shuttle Cutaway
The Space Shuttle was the first reusable human-rated spacecraft. Designed to take off like a rocket and...
GPS Satellites Support Aircraft Navigation
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GPS Satellites Support Aircraft Navigation
Boeing has a long legacy with GPS, dating back to the beginning of the program in 1974. As the prime...
F/A-18 Hornet Banking Right
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F/A-18 Hornet Banking Right
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is the first tactical aircraft initially designed to carry out both...
Boeing-built MOD-2 wind turbines at the world's first wind farm
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Boeing-built MOD-2 wind turbines at the world's first wind farm
The world's first wind farm became operational in 1980 when three giant Boeing-built MOD-2 wind turbines...
757-200/300 Flight Deck
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757-200/300 Flight Deck
Boeing introduced the computerized “glass cockpit” to commercial air travel on the 757 and 767. The twin-engine,...
First 767 in Flight
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First 767 in Flight
The 767 introduced ETOPS ratings, allowing a twin jet to fly across the Atlantic. The 767 crosses the...
Condor Pilotless Aircraft in Flight
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Condor Pilotless Aircraft in Flight
Condor performed history’s first fully automated flight in 1989. The Condor was a revolutionary, all-bonded...
International Space Station Earthrise
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International Space Station Earthrise
The first permanent home in space. In August 1993, NASA selected Boeing as prime contractor for the International...
777-200 Rollout Ceremony
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777-200 Rollout Ceremony
The 777 is the world’s first commercial jet to be entirely digitally designed and digitally pre-manufactured....
X-45A UCAVs - Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles
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X-45A UCAVs - Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles
The most significant X-45A test flights were in 2004: a precision weapon drop in April, when the X-45A...
Boeing 747-8F Completes First Trans-Atlantic Biofuel-powered Flight, 2011
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Boeing 747-8F Completes First Trans-Atlantic Biofuel-powered Flight, 2011
Boeing flew the new 747-8 Freighter to its international air show debut in a doubly historic fashion,...
X-51A WaveRider on B-52 Launch Pylon
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X-51A WaveRider on B-52 Launch Pylon
Boeing's barrier-breaking unmanned X-51A WaveRider autonomous flight test demonstrator is leading the...
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