The Ulitimate Flight Exhibition
The Ulitimate Flight Exhibition

Boeing Saint Louis

Meet Boeing St. Louis

What Boeing does in St. Louis

You see Boeing in the St. Louis community–hiring, supporting local causes, building airplanes. But do you really know what Boeing does here?

St. Louis is home to Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS), one of the largest, most experienced companies in the markets it serves around the world. The business’ main location is at Lambert–St. Louis International Airport. The company is involved in the design, production and support of military fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, weapons, and satellite systems, among others.

The company’s St. Louis portfolio includes the 702 family of satellites; AH-64 Apache helicopter; cyber security; EA-18G electronic attack aircraft; KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, which is based on the Boeing 767 commercial airplane; the P-8 anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare aircraft, which is based on the 737 commercial jet; and the Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system that is fueled by liquid hydrogen.

Boeing has a long history in Missouri and supports many employees, communities and businesses.

  • Boeing has 612 Supplier/Vendor Locations in the state
  • Boeing Supplier/Vendor Purchases in Missouri: $860 million
  • Boeing supports an estimated 29,000 direct and indirect jobs in Missouri
  • Boeing Employees in Missouri: 15,168
  • Boeing Retirees in Missouri: 20,023
  • Boeing Charitable Contributions in Missouri: $17 million

Notable Boeing St. Louis Employees

  • John Smith, Former NASA astronaut, 1981-1987, piloted one Space Shuttle mission and commanded two others.
  • Joe Jones, Boeing Engineer, 1981-1987, invented the example wing
  • John Smith, Former NASA astronaut, 1981-1987, piloted one Space Shuttle mission and commanded two others.
  • Joe Jones, Boeing Engineer, 1981-1987, invented the example wing
  • John Smith, Former NASA astronaut, 1981-1987, piloted one Space Shuttle mission and commanded two others.
  • Joe Jones, Boeing Engineer, 1981-1987, invented the example wing
  • John Smith, Former NASA astronaut, 1981-1987, piloted one Space Shuttle mission and commanded two others.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Boeing in St. Louis

  • 1. 747s--made right here in the Puget Sound are-- have flown more than 3.5 billion people. That’s almost half the planet's population.
  • 2. The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts, which have been supplied from all over the world. The Boeing 737 had only 400 thousand parts.
  • 3. Boeing 747 planes -- all versions - have flown a combined total of more than 35 billion miles which is the equivalent of 75,000 trips to the moon and back.
  • 4. 747s--made right here in the Puget Sound are-- have flown more than 3.5 billion people.
  • 5. The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts.
  • 7. 747s--made right here in the Puget Sound are-- have flown more than 3.5 billion people.
  • 8. The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts.
  • 9. Boeing 747 planes -- all versions - have flown a combined total of more than 35 billion miles.
  • 6. The Dreamliner contains approximately 2.3 million parts.
  • 10. 747s--made right here in the Puget Sound are-- have flown more than 3.5 billion people.

A Look Back

A Presidential Visit

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Boeing St. Louis sites have been host to U.S. presidents, British royalty, military leaders and government dignitaries from all over the world.   In 1962, President John F. Kennedy (second from left, on stage) visited St. Louis for a briefing on the Gemini spacecraft. Behind Kennedy is James McDonnell.

Then and Now

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The spacious beautifully appointed main cabin of a BOAC Boeing Stratocruiser, circa 1949, allowed passengers to relax in sumptuous comfort.

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British Airways Club World (Business Class)

Boeing Phantom Swift Selected for DARPA X-Plane Competition

Innovative design features fans in fuselage and wingtips to aid lift and control

Phantom Swift, a prototype Boeing initially built in less than a month, has been accepted to be part of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-plane program. DARPA is trying to mature a new aircraft configuration capable of both efficient hover and high-speed cruise. The design is a product of St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

“Proving these capabilities in a single aircraft has been the holy grail for tactical military aviation,” said Dan Newman, Boeing Phantom Works Advanced Vertical Lift capture team lead. “We’re confident that Phantom Swift could be the solution.”

Phantom Swift features two large lift fans – inside the fuselage – that provide efficient vertical lift. Once the aircraft transitions to cruise mode, the fans are covered. It also features smaller ducted fans on the wingtips that provide forward thrust, and provide additional lift and control in hover.

Boeing Celebrates Centennial Anniversary with Range of Activities and Events in St. Louis

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Come Celebrate with Us

April 28

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May 18

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June 1

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June 15

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July 15

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One More Thing

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This 1960 photo shows the “clean room” for Mercury spacecraft production at Boeing heritage company McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis. Photo credit: Boeing photo