Founded in 1916 in Seattle, Washington by William E. Boeing (1881-1956), Boeing has grown through expansion and acquisition to become one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world. Now headquartered in Chicago, the company initially built fighters and bombers for the U.S. services in the 1920s, branched into commercial transports in the 1930s, and in the 1940s produced two of America’s most important heavy bombers, the B-17 and B-29. In the 1950s, while continuing to develop strategic jet bombers, Boeing entered the field of commercial jet airliners, building the pioneering 707, 747 and other types.
Boeing has acquired many of its competitors over the years, and now includes within its corporate heritage McDonnell, Douglas, North American Aviation and Rockwell, among other companies. The types shown on this page are those originated by Boeing as opposed to those in production or under development by companies that merged into Boeing.