Past Experience: Boeings Long History with China
Lake Union, Seattle 1916
By John Levesque October 27, 2016
China-born Wong Tsu, pictured in the foreground, was the first aeronautical engineer Bill Boeing hired at his fledgling airplane company. Wong, a graduate of MIT, designed the Model C bi-wing trainer, Boeings first commercial success. (The U.S. Navy bought 50.) The two-seat, open-cockpit seaplane the first all-Boeing design made its inaugural flight on November 15, 1916, over Lake Union. Wong returned to China in 1917 and helped establish that countrys aviation industry, ultimately designing more than two dozen aircraft.
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