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February 9, 1987
American Bank Note Company
12" (w) by 8" (h)
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The Boeing Company, after its merger in 1997 with McDonnell Douglas and acquisition in 1996 of the defense and space units of Rockwell International, became the largest aerospace company in the world. Its history mirrors the history of aviation. Boeing is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners, military aircraft and the nation's largest NASA contractor.
Some key dates in the company's history include:
1917: Founder William Boeing incorporates Pacific Aero Products Company, involved in plane making, mail delivery, and pilot training.
1918: Company changes its name to Boeing Airplane Company.
1929: United Aircraft and Transportation Company is formed as a holding company for Boeing-controlled airlines and makers of airplanes, engines, and propellers.
1934: Government investigation of airmail business leads to break-up of United, with Seattle-based Boeing Airplane Company emerging with a sole focus on manufacturing.
1944: In peak wartime production, 16 B-17s are produced every 24 hours.
1954: The Boeing 707 jet makes its first flight.
1960: Philadelphia-based Vertol Aircraft Corporation, a maker of military helicopters, is acquired.
1961: Company changes its name to The Boeing Company; completes first test launch of a Minuteman missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1964: The three-engine 727 passenger jet is introduced.
1966: Company launches first Lunar Orbiter, which sends photos of the moon back to Earth.
1967: The shorter-route 737 jet makes its first commercial flight.
1968: Apollo 8, which takes the first astronauts around the moon, is launched in December boosted by a Saturn V rocket, for which Boeing had built the first stage.
1970: The 747, the first of the 'jumbo jets,' makes its first commercial flight.
1971: Strict austerity measures, including the layoff of 43,200 employees, save the company from bankruptcy.
1976: First air-launched cruise missile is test-fired from a B-52.
1981: The first NATO AWACS is delivered to West Germany; the 767 makes its first flight.
1982: The 757 makes its first flight.
1993: NASA names the company the prime contractor for the International Space Station.
1995: First 777-200 is delivered to United Airlines.
1996: The aerospace and defense units of Rockwell International are acquired.
1997: McDonnell Douglas, number one in military aircraft and number three in commercial aircraft worldwide, is acquired, making Boeing the largest aerospace company in the world.
1999: Company-led consortium successfully launches a commercial satellite from a floating platform at sea.
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