Herb Munter becomes Seattle's first airplane builder in 1915.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 11/22/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 368

By 1915, self-taught engineer Herb Munter (1897-1970) was building the first airplanes to be designed and manufactured in Seattle.

He did the work at a workshop on Harbor Island. Munter was recruited by William E. Boeing (1881-1956) and Navy Lt. Conrad Westervelt to help them design a new plane, the B&W. He served as the B&W's test pilot in 1916.


Harold Mansfield, Vision: The Story of Boeing (New York: Popular Press, 1966), 7-11; Robert Serling, Legend & Legacy: The Story of Boeing and Its People (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992), 2.

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