HISTORIC AIRPLANES: Boeing
done good business manufacturing airplanes during the first World
War, Boeing was almost out of the aircraft manufacturing business
when the war, and their military contracts, ended. For a short
while, William Boeing kept his company alive by selling furniture
and boats. Boeing continued to work on his sea boat series.
Without the hefty wartime military contracts, the company
struggled until it found financial salvation in postal funds.
The manufacturing segment of the company made money rebuilding
some military de Havilland-4 airplanes while Boeing Air Transport
snagged an important airmail contract. On March 3, 1919, Boeing
and airmail pilot Eddie Hubbard made the first U.S.-international
airmail flight, carrying mail from Vancouver, Canada to Seattle,
Washington. Military contracts slowly returned, as Air Mail
Service continued to fund the company's growth.
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