* With only $600 in cash in his pocket, aeronautical engineer Donald Willis Douglas at age 28 moves to Los Angeles with his family to set up shop in the back room of a Pico Boulevard barber shop. With investor David R. Davis, Douglas designs and produces the Davis-Douglas Co.'s first and only aircraft, The Cloudster. It is 1920.
* In 1924, a Douglas-designed Douglas World Cruiser becomes the first plane to successfully circumnavigate the globe, putting Douglas at the top of the aviation industry.
* In 1936, Douglas introduces the DC-3 Douglas Skysleeper Transport, which can carry 21 daytime or 14 overnight passengers. The plane revolutionizes the airline industry, making air transportation profitable...
The timeline takes us all the way to 2006 and this entry:
* May 23, 2006. In a special double ceremony, final deliveries of Boeing Co.'s last two 717 commercial airplanes are scheduled to be made to Midwest Express Airlines and AirTran Airways. It will mark the end of commercial plane production in California.