The William E. Boeing Story: A Gift of Flight

Author(s): David Williams 

ISBN: 9781625451163
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William E. Boeing – more than any other individual is responsible for creating the modern commercial aviation industry. Unbelievable, until today, there had never been a full-length biography written about this titan of the skies
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  • 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  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished images from the Boeing family archives

The William E. Boeing Story – A Gift of Flight 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.


BOOK ISBN 9781625451163
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 304 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 22 September 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 61 colour and black-and-white photographs

 

 






David Williams is the Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum and has been involved in hydroplane racing his whole life. Through his work with the museum, he has restored over a dozen of the world’s most famous race boats and has become one of the foremost authorities on hydroplanes. He has been driving raceboats for over 40 years. Williams was the raceboat co-ordinator and primary stunt driver for the MGM film Madison. He began writing about racing in 2000 and A Race to Freedom: The Mira Slovak Story is his ninth book on the sport.

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