The Career of William E. Boeing

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William E. Boeing
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The recipient of an engineering degree from Lehigh University, Aubrey Gladstone has over 35 years of experience as a commercial pilot. Aubrey Gladstone taught his daughter Brooke to fly when she was 16 years old. She now works for Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace enterprise.

Boeing’s decorated history began July 15, 1916, when its founder, William E. Boeing incorporated Pacific Aero Products and started testing planes out of a University of Washington wind tunnel. The following year, after the United States declared war on Germany, Mr. Boeing enrolled in the Navy Reserve and renamed the business the Boeing Airplane Company. In its early years, the company made furniture and phonograph cases, among other products, to supplement its aircraft production. By 1928, however, it had become the largest aircraft manufacturer in the country.

A member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, William Boeing attended Yale University, but left at age 22 to pursue a career in logging. He established the Greenwood Timber Co. in 1908, shortly before he became interested in airplanes, and continued to run the business up until 1954. He died in 1956.

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Brooke Gladstone Pursues Career in Aerospace Like Father

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Aubrey Gladstone

Commercial pilot Aubrey Gladstone also serves as the president of Boca Raton, Florida-based Gladstone Consulting, Inc. During his time as a pilot, Aubrey Gladstone has flown a variety of aircraft, such as a Bell Jet Ranger, Citation ISP, King Air, Piper Cheyenne, and more. Aubrey Gladstone’s love of flying is something that he passed on to his daughter, Brooke Gladstone.

Brooke Gladstone works on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Propulsion Systems Division at Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, a career decision featured in the local Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, newspaper, The Herald.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in engineering and materials science, Ms. Gladstone’s passion for flight started in her youth when Aubrey Gladstone began taking her on business trips as co-pilot. After starting to learn to fly at 16, she received her pilot’s license at 17. According to The Herald, Ms. Gladstone enjoys the quiet nature of flying, and with her current career in aerospace, it appears that a passion for the pastime runs in the family.