William Boeing incorporates the Pacific Aero-Products Co. on July 15, 1916.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 11/23/1998
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 370
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On July 15, 1916, William E. Boeing (1881-1956) incorporates the Pacific Aero-Products Co. in anticipation of a U.S. Navy contract for training aircraft. Although the navy rejects his original aircraft, Boeing will keep trying and win a contract for a new design after the U.S. enters World War I.

After the navy rejected his original design, the B&W, Boeing persevered. Soon after the U.S. entered World War I on April 6, 1917, he secured a contract for a new design, the Model C naval trainer. Pacific Aero-Products was reincorporated as the Boeing Airplane Co. the following month.


Peter M. Bowers, Boeing Aircraft Since 1916 (London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1993), 33-39; Harold Mansfield, Vision, The Story of Boeing (New York: Popular Press, 1966), 13-16; Robert Serling, Legend & Legacy, The Story of Boeing and Its People (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992), 3; Boeing Historical Archives, Year By Year, 75 Years of Boeing History, 1916-1991 (Seattle: Boeing Co., 1991), 1.

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