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.