In the early years of the 20th century William Edward Boeing summed up his new company’s mission: "To let no new improvement in flying and flying equipment pass us by." And sure enough, in the century since, nothing and no one has outflown Boeing. The Story of the Boeing Company, plane-maker to the world, unfolds on a fittingly grand scale in this book that is at once the history of one company and the story of an industry. Aviation author Bill Yenne follows Boeing from its modest beginnings in 1916 as Pacific Aero Products, with a single two-seater floatplane, to its present lofty position as the largest aerospace company in the world. Lavishly illustrated, it showcases historic aircraft that made the company’s namethe B-17s and B-29s of World War II to the 707 jetliner that revolutionized commercial flight; and the mammoth 747 to the B-52 Superfortress that still soldiers on over 50 years after its debut. All the moves and mergers are chronicled. 2nd ed.
|Publisher:||MBI Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||11.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.12(d)|
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General Aviation News, July 2006“The Story of the Boeing Company is a massive book, nearly a foot square and weighing an impressive four pounds, which tells the story not only of Boeing itself, but of the many other firms that have combined to become the world’s largest aerospace company. Its 35 chapters are supplemented by helpful boxes, which provide details of each airplane and, in most cases, production figures. Best of all, however, is the treasure trove of photographs and drawings illustrating the generous text. For readers who can’t get enough of the great Boeing 314 Clippers, the elegant Model 307 Stratoliner and the company’s iconic B017 Flying Fortress, this book comes close to satisfying…Author Yenne is a Boeing enthusiast who assures us that the legacy of the past lives on at today’s company. ‘The pioneering spirit that built the companies that now are part of Boeing is still alive and well,’ he states. That’s Boeing, and that’s the ultimate message of this fine book.”