“From Bow-wing to Boeing”
Over 100 years old, the aerospace giant’s name has German origins. Founded by William Boeing in July 1916 in Seattle, Washington. William, a college dropout, started out as a lumberman – a business he had learnt from his father. Fascinated by airplanes, William enrolled for flying courses; upon completion, he started thinking about constructing one himself. With the help of a little more than ten men, some of whom were technically gifted – he designed what would become the first Boeing airplane. This was all done within a factory based in a small building, and the finances came from his inheritance. The Boeing company joined forces with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in 1997. McDonnell Douglas was one of the largest defence contractor in the US at the time as well as a giant in the US aerospace manufacturing industry. The logo was modified to incorporate what we see today; a sphere with a ring around it, with the classic and simple Boeing typeface underneath.
Click here to see a short video created by Boeing, describing how the logo we know today came about.