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William Edward Boeing

pilot , aviation pioneer

William Edward Boeing was an aviation pioneer, founder of The Boeing Company.

Background

Ethnicity: His father, who arrived in the United States in 1868, had come from an old and well-to-do family in Hohenlimburg, Germany.

Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan to a wealthy German mining engineer named Wilhelm Böing who had made a fortune developing large low-grade taconite iron ore deposits and who had a sideline as a timber merchant.

William Boeing died on September 27, 1956, at the age of 74 from a heart attack aboard his yacht. His ashes were scattered off the coast of British Columbia, where he spent much of his time sailing.

Education

He was sent to school in Vevey, Switzerland, where he established an outward correctness that remained with him for the rest of his life. Young Boeing left Vevey after a year and continued his schooling in public and private schools in the United States.

Career

In 1903 he decided to go into the lumber side of the business.

In 1916, Boeing went into business with George Conrad Westervelt as B & W and founded the Pacific Aero, which was renamed to Boeing Airplane Company in 1917 and obtained orders from the United States Navy for 50 planes.

In 1921 William Boeing married Bertha Marie Paschall and became a step-father to her sons. The couple had a son of their own, William E. Boeing Jr.

William Boeing left the aviation industry in 1934, returning in World War II to assist in fulfilling the vast military production requirements. Although he was active in the aviation scene for only 18 years, few men in history have contributed so much to a single industry.

Achievements

  • He bought extensive timberlands around Grays Harbor on the Pacific side of the Olympic Peninsula. He also bought into lumber operations. He also owned a race track for horses.

    While president of Greenwood Timber Company, Boeing, who had experimented with boat design, 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. He soon purchased an airplane from the Glenn L. Martin Company, and received flying lessons from Martin himself. With his friend Cdr. George Conrad Westervelt they soon built and flew the B & W Seaplane, an amphibian biplane that had outstanding performance. Boeing decided to go into the aircraft business and bought an old boat works on the Duwamish River near Seattle for his factory.

    In 1916, Boeing went into business with George Conrad Westervelt as B & W and founded the Pacific Aero Products Company The company's first plane was the Boeing Model 1. When America entered the First World War in April 1917, Boeing changed the name of Pacific Aero Products Company to Boeing Airplane Company and obtained orders from the United States Navy for 50 planes. At the end of the war, Boeing began to concentrate on commercial aircraft, secured contracts to supply airmail service and built a successful airmail operation and later passenger service that evolved into United Airlines.

    In 1934, the United States government accused William Boeing of monopolistic practices. The same year, the Air Mail Act forced airplane companies to separate flight operations from development and manufacturing. William Boeing divested himself of ownership as his holding company, United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, broke into three separate entities:

    United Aircraft Corporation, holding the former eastern United States manufacturing (now United Technologies Corporation)

    Boeing Airplane Company, with western United States manufacturing, which later became The Boeing Company

    He began investing most of his time into his horses in 1937. Boeing Airplane Company, though a major manufacturer in a fragmented industry, did not really take off until the beginning of World War The second.

    The year of the divestiture, Boeing retired from the aircraft industry. He then spent the remainder of his years in property development and thoroughbred horse breeding. Concerned about the possibility of World War The second battles in the Pacific Northwest, he purchased a 650-acre (260 ha) farm in the countryside east of Seattle, which he dubbed "Aldarra". The estate remained in the family until it was sold and developed into a golf course in 2001.

Interests

  • Sport & Clubs

    yachting, aircraft

  • Other Interests

    Yacht clubs:Seattle Yacht; Royal Vancouver Yacht; Pacific Union (San Francisco); Chicago (Chicago); California (Los Angeles); Links (N.Y.); Rainier (Seattle)

Connections

Married Bertha Potter Paschall, September 27, 1921.

father:
wilhelm boeing - German

His father had come from an old and well-to-do family in Hohenlimburg, Germany.Wilhelm Boeing died of influenza in 1890 when he was only 42 years old. He left behind his wife, Marie; 3-year-old Gretchen; 5-year-old Caroline; and 8-year-old William Edward.

mother:
Marie boeing - American

After death of her first husband Wilhelm,Marie eventually remarried and became Marie M. Owsley.

younger sister:
caroline - American

younger sister:
Gretchen - American

wife:
Bertha Marie Paschall - American

She had previously been married to Nathaniel Paschall, a real estate broker with whom she bore two sons, Nathaniel "Nat" Paschall Jr. and Cranston Paschall. These two sons became Boeing's stepsons.

Stepson:
Nathaniel Paschall Jr. - American

Nat Paschall was a sales manager for Douglas Aircraft and then McDonnell Douglas

Stepson:
Cranston Paschall - American

The stepsons went into aviation manufacturing as a career.

son:
William E. Boeing Jr. - American

William E. Boeing Jr. became a noted private pilot and industrial real estate developer

close friend :
George Conrad Westervelt

Boeing and Westervelt soon built and flew the B & W Seaplane, an amphibian biplane that had outstanding performance.In 1916, Boeing went into business with George Conrad Westervelt as B & W and founded the Pacific Aero Products Co.