Top 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Boeing

With $85 billion in annual revenues, Boeing is quite literally the biggest airplane-building company in the world. Just one of its airplane models, the ubiquitous 737, has carried more than 16.8 billion passengers over its lifetime - more than twice the population of the globe. So chances are, if you're breathing today, you've probably flown on a Boeing. Here are just a few things you probably didn’t know.

1. Boeing's older than you may think

It's been 110 years since Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first powered air flight in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. But within just 13 years of the Wright Brothers' invention of the airplane, Boeing had invented the airplane company. Founded by William E. Boeing in 1916 in Seattle, today it employs roughly 175,000 people and has a presence in nearly half the countries on the globe.

2. Boeing City

The Everett factory is like a small city, requiring its own fire department, security force, fully equipped medical clinic, electrical substations and water treatment plant.

3. The 787 Boeing Dreamliner

The 787 Boeing Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts, which have been supplied from all over the world. The 737 had only 400 thousand parts.

4. Largest Building on Earth

Guinness World Records list the Boeing Everett factory as the largest building in the world by volume at 472 million cubic feed (13.3 million cubic meters).

Boeing Everett  

5. Green Facts

The Dreamliner is Boeing’s most eco-friendly airliner for two reasons. First, this is Boeing’s most fuel-efficient airliner, designed to be 20% more efficient than the 767. Second, the 787 is the world’s first major airliner to incorporate primarily composite materials in the construction of its airframe.

6. 29 Elephants

An empty 787 weighs close to 117,617 kilograms. That’s the equivalent of about 29 elephants! The wing span measures at 197 feet (or 60 meters), the length is 186 feet (57 meters), and the height is a total of 56 feet (17 meters).

7. It would take Usain Bolt seven seconds to run from tip to tail.

To be fair, the 747 can cover 100 meters in 0.36 seconds, besting Bolt’s time by 9.22 seconds.

8. Space

Boeing Boeing and Space.  

From almost the very beginnings of the American space program, Boeing was there. Boeing's involvement began in earnest in 1960 when its Delta II rocket was launched, carrying the Echo 1A satellite into orbit. Then in 1966 and 1967, the Boeing-built Lunar Orbiters circled the moon, photographing the surface in order to help NASA choose a safe landing site for the Apollo 11 astronauts. The astronauts reached the moon with the help of the 363-foot-tall Saturn V rocket. Its development was integrated by Boeing, which also made the first stage booster.

9. The Wright brothers could have fit their historic first flight inside a 747.And could have stayed strictly within the 150-foot economy section.

10. The 350-400 person Boeing 747 once carried 1,087 people at once.

During the Operation Solomon evacuation, Israel played some serious clown airplane, tripling standard capacity by modifying the airplane. This beat Quantas’ 747 evacuation record of 674.