Boeing Airplane Company 1958

Boeing Airplane Company 1958

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Boeing Airplane Company 1958

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Beautifully engraved certificate from the Boeing Airplane Company issued in 1958. This historic document was printed by the American Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of allegorical men and women. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President(William M. Allen) and Secretary (J. E. Prince) and is over 44 years old.
Certificate Vignette William M. Allen was born in Lolo, Montana, and graduated from Harvard Law School. During the 1920s, he joined the law firm providing attorneys for the Boeing Airplane Company and became a member of the company's board of directors. He served as company president from Sept. 1, 1945, to April 29, 1968, taking the helm when the end of World War II brought production to a standstill. Allen guided Boeing back to success, from the era of propeller-driven aircraft into the age of jets, intercontinental missiles, and spacecraft. He was responsible for the introduction of the jet transport and oversaw the beginning of the 747 program. Allen was an innovator who encouraged diversification, and he helped create The Boeing Company's place in the U.S. space program. He became chairman in 1968 and chairman emeritus in 1973. In 1978, the board named Allen honorary chairman. He died in October 1985. In December 1996, the merger of Boeing and Rockwell International Corporation's aerospace and defense units united the two companies. The Rockwell units were renamed Boeing North American, Inc., and operated as a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. On Aug. 1, 1997, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merged and began operations as a single company with more than 220,000 employees. Phil Condit remained as chairman of the new Boeing board of directors and CEO. Harry C. Stonecipher, formerly McDonnell Douglas president and CEO, became president and chief operating officer of The Boeing Company. The company now comprised three organizations: the new Information, Space & Defense Systems, including all military aircraft systems and tactical missiles, space vehicles, rockets and engines, aircraft information systems and advanced research and development; Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, including all commercial transports, from the 737 to the 777 and the MD jets built by the Douglas Products Division; and the new Shared Services Group, which provided computing, telecommunications and other support services companywide.

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