Beautifully engraved certificate from the Boeing Company
. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of William Boeing delivering the mail. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s Chairman of the Board (Phil Condit) and Secretary.
The Boeing Company has evolved into the world's largest producer of commercial aircraft as well as a prime defense and aerospace contractor. The company's defense-related research and development activities include guided missile programs, ICBMs, bomber aircraft, military transport aircraft, and space and lunar vehicles.
Founded by a Seattle timberman in 1916, The Boeing Company has continued to expand its defense contractor role as it evolved from a small plane producer in World War I to providing bombers and transport aircraft to Allied air forces in World War II. Boeing made its greatest expansion in the aftermath of World War II with its involvement in the missile and space programs. Its research and innovation into bombers, missiles and delivery systems made it an integral part of U.S. strategic development during the Cold War. In the post-Cold War period, Boeing continues to explore and manufacture aircraft, missiles, and space and lunar vehicles.
Boeing is currently organized into four major business units: Boeing Capital Corporation, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Connexion by Boeing, and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Supporting these units is the Boeing Shared Services Group, which contributes common services and efficient infrastructure services that enable the company's business units to concentrate on profitable growth. In addition, Phantom Works provides advanced research and development, including advanced concepts for air traffic management. Phantom Works partners with the company’s business units to identify technology needs and address them with innovative and affordable solutions.
Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years. With the McDonnell Douglas merger in 1997, Boeing's legacy of leadership in commercial jets now is joined with the lineage of Douglas airplanes, giving the combined company a 70-year heritage of leadership in commercial aviation. Today, the main commercial products consist of the 717, 737, 747, 767 and 777 families of airplanes, and the Boeing Business Jet. New product development efforts are focused on the Boeing 7E7, a super-efficient airplane that is expected to be in service in 2008. The company has nearly 13,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet. And through Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, the company provides unsurpassed, round-the-clock technical support to help operators maintain their airplanes in peak operating condition; further, through Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing offers a full range of world-class engineering, modification, logistics and information services to its global customer base, which includes the world's passenger and cargo airlines as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities. Boeing also trains maintenance and flight crews in the 100-seat-and-above airliner market through Alteon, the world's largest and most comprehensive provider of airline training.
History from company press information.