The William E. Boeing Story – A Gift of Flight
- The Boeing family gave author David Williams unrestricted access to the Boeing Family archives
- This treasure trove of primary sources allowed Williams to create an extraordinary vivid and accurate portrait of this influential yet private man
- Boeing’s story is an exciting one: full of bootleggers, kidnappers and shady politicians
- William Boeing did much more than build airplanes; he was a logger, miner, cattle rancher and philanthropist
- Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished images from the Boeing family archives
is the first ever full-length biography of William E. Boeing, the father of commercial aviation.
Boeing’s story is an exciting one complete with bootleggers, kidnappers and a disastrous run in with President Franklin Roosevelt and future Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
Boeing’s story covers every aspect of early aviation starting with his first ride in a balloon in 1896 to the christening of the revolutionary jet powered Dash-80/707 in 1955. Along the way, Boeing developed some of the world’s most iconic airplanes including the P-26 Peashooter, the Boeing 247, the B-17 Flying Fortress and the mighty B-29 Superfortress.
The Boeing family gave author David D. Williams unprecedented access to the Boeing Family Archives, which contained thousands of never-before-seen photos, diaries and personal letters.
This treasure trove of primary sources allowed Williams to create an extraordinary vivid and accurate portrait of this influential yet private man.