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Founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1916 by William Edward Boeing, the Boeing Company is a world leader in commercial aircraft, as well as being a prominent builder of military aircraft and other defense systems. This entry traces the history of Boeing military aircraft and missile systems and discusses current unmanned experimental aircraft.

History: Aircraft, Missiles, and Mergers

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Boeing’s most important military program was the Model 100 fighter aircraft series, of which more than 550 were delivered to the U.S. Army as P-12 and the U.S. Navy as F4B. Prior to World War II, Boeing emerged as a world leader in four-engine commercial and military aircraft. Notable was the Model 299, which entered service in 1936 with the U.S. Army Air Corps ...

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