Boeing had been fascinated with flight since January 1910, when he attended the first U.S. air races in Los Angeles. He also may have witnessed Charles Hamilton's aerial demonstrations later that year at the Meadows Race Track, which marked the first airplane flight in Seattle.
Boeing and Westervelt met at Seattle's College Club in the summer of 1915. Discovering their mutual interest in flight, they resolved to find a pilot who would take them up. Two years after this inaugural flight, Boeing and Westervelt built their first plane, the "B&W," and founded the Pacific Aero-Products Co. in 1916, which became The Boeing Company.