By Thomas Shambler
During the last 100 years, humans went from walking on Earth to walking on the moon. They went from riding horses to flying aeroplanes. But the sky is no longer the limit for Boeing
The Wright brothers helped popularize barnstorming, stunt flights that showcased both pilot skills and aircraft strength. In 1914, William Boeing took his first plane ride in one of these barnstormers.
When the US entered World War I, Boeing shipped modified Model C's to the US Navy. It was the start of a relationship with the military that continues today.
The Boeing Model 40A – which was specifically designed for the purpose of mail– began delivering post between San Francisco and Chicago.
The Douglas DC-3 became the first aeroplane that turned a profit purely through passenger transport. When it was delivered, it set a standard of luxury for both United and American Airlines.
Boeing was a critical asset for US forces during World War II. the P-51 Mustang was known for escorting bombers that damaged the Axis infrastructure, as did the B-29 Superfortress – which carried multiple remotely operable weapons systems.
For the first time, air travel exceeded travel by rail and sea for the first time. This was helped by the introduction of the Boeing 707, a large reliable and safe passenger and cargo aircraft.
A crew of 50,000 employees designed and constructed the first Boeing 747 in less than 16 months. When it went into service, it became the largest civilian aircraft in the world.
The Space Shuttle Orbiter – the world's first reusable spacecraft – made its debut, and was fundamental to the construction of the ISS.
After its first flight, the 787 Dreamliner reached 1,000 orders faster than any aeroplane in history, by offering more space to customers while consuming 20 percent less fuel than comparably sized planes.