Pygmalion From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 956 posts, RR: 38 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2638 times:
Boeing turns 90 tomorrow (Saturday).
A Vision Realized
On July 15, 1916, "the 21 people Bill Boeing employed to build and maintain his two B&W airplanes became employees of Pacific Aero Products Company. A year later, the company would have a more familiar name: Boeing Airplane Company."
In the case of the Company, one thing that comes to mind is the anti-skid brake for the B-47. The design was then licensed to Hydro-Aire for production.
Citing this example avoids all the nasty arguments about who invented the swept wing, the podded jet engine etc. While Boeing did not necessarily invent these types of items, they did exploit them sooner and more effectively than their competition.
Innovation often means effective integration, something Boeing now says is its primary strength, ie large scale systems integration.
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Airplane design is easy, the difficulty is getting them to fly - Barnes Wallis