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First Families of the American West: Boeing

William "Bill" Boeing ’42 (1922-2015) was the only son of William E. Boeing, Sr., founder of the Boeing Aircraft Company an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation which was established in 1916, a year before the start of World War I, the first ever aviation war. Throughout the war, Boeing Sr. supplied the U.S. Navy with seaplanes which were capable of water landings.

Boeing planes not only ferried people, they made the first airmail flight for the United States Post Office on July 1, 1927. In 1929, Boeing Sr. combined United Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney engines, Sirkorsky Helicopters and Hamilton Standard Propellers to form The Boeing Company. By 1933, the revolutionary Boeing 247 was introduced, the first truly modern airliner and passenger plane. The early airmail companies owned by the Boeing Company were merged into what became United Airlines. Boeing, Sr. served as the first Chairman of that corporation. In 1934, Boeing Sr. sold his shares and left the company that continued to innovate and bear his name. He is honored with a place in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Today, Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers by revenue, orders and deliveries, and the third largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world based on defense-related revenue. Boeing is also one of the largest export businesses in the United States.

At Webb, Bill Jr. was an Honor Committeeman, earned several varsity letters and was a short-wave radio enthusiast.

The Seattle Times reported that Bill Jr. passed away on January 7, 2015, in Seattle.
 
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