William Boeing

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Birth

William Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan in the year 1881 on October 1st. His father was Wilhelm Boeing, a German mining engineer who was also a timber merchant. Image Courtesy: farm2.staticflickr.com

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Birth
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Education

William went to college at Yale University, and Sheffield Scientific School. Image Courtesy: static.thisdayinaviation.com

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Education
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Moving into aircrafts

When he left college he bought timberlands around Grays Harbor. As the president of Greenwood Logging Co., he had experimented with boat design, Boeing traveled to Seattle, where, during the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909, he saw a manned flying machine for the first time and became fascinated with aircraft. Image Courtesy: flyingmachines.ru

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Moving into aircrafts
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Learning the trade

He learned about aeronautics and science after he got interested into planes and saw that it had a future for development and profit. Image Courtesy: www.avsim.com

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Learning the trade
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Pacific Aero Products Co.

William Boeing went into business with George Westervelt and started the Pacific Aero Products Company, later known as the Boeing Airplane Company. Image Courtesy: www.promotex.ca

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Pacific Aero Products Co.
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The right thing at the right time

William Boeing helped the United States Military by sending 50 planes to the US Navy during the 1st world war. When the war ended, Boeing focused his attention on more civilized uses for planes, such as airmail and passenger transportation. Image Courtesy: flyingmachines.ru

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The right thing at the right time
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Retiring & Seperation

William Boeing retired himself in 1934 after being accused of monopolistic charges by the US Government. The Air Mail Act forced him to break his company into three separate parts; United Aircraft Corporation, Boeing Airplane Company, and United Air Lines. Image Courtesy: waywardthings.weebly.com

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Retiring & Seperation
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Retiring into horse rearing

He began investing most of his time into his horses and spent the remainder of his years in property development and thoroughbred horse. His thoroughbred farm northeast of Seattle was called Aldarra. Image Courtesy: andalusitano.com

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Retiring into horse rearing
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Departing of a Legend

William Boeing died of a heart attack on his yacht on September 28, 1956, at the age of 74, just three days before his 75th birthday. His ashes were scattered off the coast of British Columbia, where he spent much of his time sailing. Image Courtesy: content.lib.washington.edu

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Departing of a Legend
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Safety in flight

William Boeing’s expertise in building planes and his focus on passenger satisfaction, comfort and experience, helped people feel safe because they know that they are safe when they fly. Image Courtesy: www.collectspace.com

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Safety in flight
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