The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide. The company also provides leasing and product support services. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers; it is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on 2015 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value. Boeing stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
The Boeing Company’s corporate headquarters are located in Chicago and the company is led by President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Boeing is organized into five primary divisions: Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA); Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS); Engineering, Operations & Technology; Boeing Capital; and Boeing Shared Services Group. In 2016, Boeing recorded $94.6 billion in sales, ranked 24th on the Fortune magazine “Fortune 500” list (2017), ranked 61st on the “Fortune Global 500” list (2017), and ranked 30th on the “World’s Most Admired Companies” list (2017).
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First of all, the design is meant for transsonic flight, but the development was privately funded by McDonnell-Douglas and had to keep cost down. As a consequence, the demonstrator aircraft used a 3000 lb thrust class engine (Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D5C) which is used more in military trainers and business jets than in combat aircraft. This kept the aircraft's top speed and the aerodynamic forces low, which helped in keeping the systems simple and the structure small
By day, or on a cloudless night, a pilot may drink the wine of the gods, but it has an earthly taste; he's a god of the earth, like one of the Grecian deities who lives on worldly mountains and descended for intercourse with men. But at night, over a stratus layer, all sense of the planet may disappear. You know that down below, beneath that heavenly blanket is the earth, factual and hard. But it's an intellectual knowledge; it's a knowledge tucked away in the mind; not a feeling that penetrates the body. And if at times you renounce experience and mind's heavy logic, it seems that the world has rushed along on its orbit, leaving you alone flying above a forgotten cloud bank, somewhere in the solitude of interstellar space. — Charles A. Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis, 1953. "Your exciting Journey into the world of digital aviation starts here"