Boeing in History

Historical Events


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1916-06-15 Boeing Model 1 [B & W Seaplane], the 1st Boeing product, flies for the 1st time

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 1933-02-08 1st flight of all-metal Boeing 247
  • 1934-06-12 Black-McKeller Bill passes causes the break-up of William Boeing's empire into Boeing United Aircraft [Technologies] and United Airlines
  • 1938-06-07 Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat 1st flown (Eddie Allen)
  • 1941-06-14 Ground broken for Boeing Plant II (ex-AFLC Plant 13) in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1944-04-24 1st Boeing B-29 arrives in China "over the Hump"
  • 1945-04-25 Last Boeing B-17 attack against Nazi Germany
  • 1954-07-15 1st commercial jet transport plane built in US tested (Boeing 707)
  • 1962-06-03 Air France Boeing 707 crashes on takeoff from Paris, kills 130
  • 1962-06-22 French Boeing 707 crashes at Guadeloupe, 113 killed
  • 1962-11-27 1st test flight of the Boeing 727 takes place
  • 1963-02-09 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • 1964-01-07 Dick Weber rolls highest bowling game in air (Boeing 707)
  • 1965-05-20 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121
  • 1966-01-24 117 passengers are killed after an Air India Boeing-707 plane crashes into Mont Blanc, France

  • 1966-04-13 Pan Am places $525,000,000 order for 25 Boeing 747s
  • 1967-04-09 1st Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight
  • 1968-04-20 South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes at Windhoek, 122 killed
  • 1968-09-30 1st Boeing 747 rolls out
  • 1969-02-09 1st flight of the Boeing 747 jumbo jet
  • 1969-12-02 Boeing 747 jumbo jet 1st public preview (Seattle to NYC)
  • 1970-01-22 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, Pan American World Airways flies from New York City to London in 6½ hours
  • 1970-03-02 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • 1970-07-02 1st Boeing 747 to land in Amsterdam & Brussels
  • 1971-04-29 Boeing receives contract for Mariner 10, Mercury exploration
  • 1971-07-30 Japanese Boeing 727 collides with an F-86 fighter killing 162
  • 1972-04-20 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • 1973-07-11 Brazilian Boeing 707 crashes near Paris, 122 killed
  • 1973-12-17 Arabs terrorists shoot passengers on Boeing 737 to Kuwait
  • 1974-12-01 Boeing 727 crashes in Upperville Virginia, 92 died
  • 1975-04-25 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service, Hong Kong to Macao
  • 1975-09-03 Chartered Boeing 707 crashes in Atlas Mts of Morocco, 188 die
  • 1975-09-30 The Hughes (later McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing) AH-64 Apache makes its first flight.
  • 1976-10-13 A Bolivian Boeing 707 cargo jet crashes in Santa Cruz, Bolivia killing 100 (97, mostly children, killed on the ground).
  • 1977-02-18 Space Shuttle Enterprise takes its maiden flight affixed atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier

  • 1977-02-26 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)

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1977-03-27 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain

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Wreckage from the two 747 jets after they collided in Tenerife Airport
Wreckage from the two 747 jets after they collided in Tenerife Airport
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  • 1977-06-18 Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for 1st time, it was fixed to a modified Boeing 747
  • 1977-10-18 West German commandos liberate Boeing 737 with 86 hostages at Mogadishu
  • 1978-04-14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • 1978-09-25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • 1981-02-27 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
  • 1981-06-19 Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
  • 1982-07-09 Pan Am Boeing 727 crashes in Kenner La, killing 153
  • 1983-09-01 Korean Boeing 747, flight 007, strays into Siberia & is shot down by a Soviet jet
  • 1983-11-27 Colombian jetliner Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181
  • 1985-06-23 Bomb destroys Air India Boeing 747 in air near Ireland, 329 die
  • 1985-08-12 520 people die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes in Ueno, Japan, the second-deadliest aviation disaster of all time
  • 1985-08-22 Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at Manchester airport, 55 killed
  • 1985-10-11 US intercepts Egyptian Boeing with Achille Lauro terrorists
  • 1985-11-24 Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed
  • 1986-03-31 167 die when Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashes
  • 1986-12-26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • 1987-11-28 South African Airways Boeing 747 crashes into Indian Ocean, 159 die
  • 1987-11-29 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115

  • 1988-01-29 United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s
  • 1988-04-28 Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 roof tears off in flight; kills stewardess
  • 1989-01-08 Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • 1989-02-08 US Boeing 707 crashes into Santa Maria mountain, 145 die
  • 1989-02-24 US Boeing 747 loses parts of roof over Pacific, 9 die
  • 1989-03-19 Boeing V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft makes maiden flight
  • 1990-06-13 Boeing 767 sets non-stop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya
  • 1991-05-27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • 1991-12-29 Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei
  • 1992-03-24 Sudanese Boeing 707 crashes on mountain Hymettos at Athens: 5-6 die
  • 1992-11-24 Boeing 734 crashes into mountain in China, kills 141
  • 1992-12-22 Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
  • 1993-04-26 Boeing 737 crashes at Aurangabad, kills 56
  • 1993-05-19 Boeing 727 crashes into mountain at Medellin Colombia, kills 132
  • 1993-07-26 Boeing 737-500 crashes in South Korea, 66 killed
  • 1993-09-10 1,000 Boeing 747 jumbo plane produced
  • 1994-09-08 USAir Boeing 737 crashes at Pitts Airport, killing all 132 on board
  • 1995-06-07 The long range Boeing 777 enters service with United Airlines
  • 1996-07-17 Paris-bound flight TWA 800, explodes off the coast of Long Island, New York, killing all 230 on board the Boeing 747
  • 1998-04-20 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.

  • 1998-10-11 A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
  • 1999-08-31 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
  • 2000-10-31 A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members
  • 2002-01-28 TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100 crashes in the Andes mountains in southern Colombia killing 92.
  • 2002-04-15 An Air China Boeing 767-200, flight CA129 crashes into a hillside during heavy rain and fog near Busan, South Korea, killing 128.
  • 2002-05-25 China Airlines Flight 611: A Boeing 747-200 breaks apart in mid-air and plunges into the Taiwan Strait killing 225 people
  • 2002-07-01 Bashkirian Airlines (flight 2937) Tupolev TU-154 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collide in mid-air over Ueberlingen, southern Germany, killing 71
  • 2004-01-03 Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
  • 2005-11-15 Boeing formally launches the stretched Boeing 747-8 variant with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • 2009-12-15 Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.
  • 2011-08-26 The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing's all-new composite airliner, receives certification from the EASA and the FAA
  • 2013-04-29 7 people are killed after a Boeing 747 crashes in Bagram, Afghanistan
  • 2013-07-06 3 people are killed and 181 are injured after a Boeing 777 crash lands at San Francisco Airport
  • 2013-11-17 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
  • 2019-03-13 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type's second crash in Ethiopia
  • 2019-10-20 1st test flight New York to Sydney by a commercial airline a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner, takes 19 hours 42 minutes, landing in Sydney
  • 2020-01-08 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
  • 2020-02-09 Fastest supersonic New York to London journey made by British Airways Boeing 747-436 in four hours and 56 minutes, speeds of 1,327 km/h / 825 mph due to Storm Ciara

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestWilliam Boeing

1881-10-01 William Boeing, American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1956)

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 1921-03-21 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1949-08-15 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Boeing

1956-09-28 William Boeing, American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Company, dies at 74

Aviation Pioneer William Boeing
Aviation Pioneer
William Boeing
  • 1993-10-17 Frank J Del Giudice, US industrial designer (Boeing 747), dies at 77
  • 2016-08-30 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95