The aviation world wouldn’t be near where it is today without the contribution and intelligence of William E. Boeing. He not only is the founder of this multinational corporation, but also a man full of knowledge and a strong business sense who pioneered the start of the aviation industry. In 1903 William left college at Yale to enter into the Northwest timber industry. Although seemingly a far different field than that of aviation, it is credited for his success within the aviation industry. Later he single handedly guided a small airplane manufacturing company into an incredible corporation of related industries. Although he was forced to disperse the corporation during post depression legislation changes, as well as decided to sell his shares in the company, he still did aviation consulting for Boeing corporation during that of World War II. He lived long enough to also see his from the ground built company enter into the age of the Jet. Being the perfectionist he was, as well as sticking to facts when it came to his visions he orchestrated the success of what is now one of the largest global aircraft manufacturing companies in the world. Not only that but it is also the second largest defense contractor in the world and the number one largest exporter by dollar value in the United States.
William Boeing first bought a “Flying Birdcage” which refers to a type of two seater plane made by Glenn Martin. It was also Glenn that taught William how to fly. It was after Mr. Boeing crashed the plane and looked to Glenn Martin for parts to repair it that he got the idea to build his own plane. Glenn told William that the parts could possibly take months to become available, let alone acquire. William being the visionary that he was decided that that wouldn’t do and thought that he could build his own plane in that amount of time and a better one at that. Referring back to his work in the timber industry and the knowledge of structures he obtained as well as the wealth he gained from the industry is what led him to set out on this new goal. With the help of his friend George Conrad Westervelt they resolved to build a better plane. And that is what they did. They came out with the Boeing B&W Seaplane that was assembled in a hanger next to Lake Union in Seattle. Seattle being the founding home to Boeing Headquarters and the beginning of the legacy that would follow.
Today Boeing headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois and is split into five divisions. It is now a multinational company that not only designs, manufactures and sells airplanes but also
does the same for satellites, rockets, and rotorcraft. The five divisions of Boeing are as follows:
- Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- Boeing Capital
- Engineering, Operations and Technology
- Boeing defense, Space, and Security
- Boeing Shared Services Group
With technology and and the pioneering of aircraft manufacturing continuing to grow Boeing will be around for a long time to come. It is a solid corporation that produces and monopolizes much of the aviation industry. With its proof found in quality manufactured products, William Boeing paved the way to one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. He started out with a vision and had the discipline, knowledge and intelligence to create a legacy that will continue to prosper.