Boeing to host centennial event in London during summer 2016

Posted on 20 Jul 2015 by Jonny Williamson

Exploring the wonder of flight and the marvels of aerospace innovation, design and technology, Boeing’s ‘Above and Beyond’ exhibition will feature at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich between May 27, 2016 and August 29, 2016.

Boeing will celebrate its centennial in 2016, following the founding of the company by Bill Boeing on July 15, 1916.

The centennial date falls during the 2016 Farnborough Airshow and the exhibition will also be in London on the Boeing anniversary day.

Boeing’s ‘Above and Beyond’ exhibition
In the “Faster” gallery, visitors apply aerodynamic principles to design their own virtual fighter jets and then race against other would-be pilots in a high-speed flying competition.

President of Boeing International, Marc Allen said: “Our goal with ‘Above and Beyond’ is to inspire the next generation of the global aerospace industry through the wonders of flight, past, present and future.

“We look forward to welcoming young people from the UK along with their families, schools and community groups to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to experience the interactive exhibition.”

Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing UK and Ireland, added: “The UK and Boeing have a long and close partnership, dating back more than 75 years.

“With such a strong partnership, supporting Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and the UK’s leading airlines since 1938, I am really delighted that we are able to share ‘Above and Beyond’ with the UK.

“Our community initiatives already support the engagement of many young people with the opportunities that aviation and aerospace can provide. ‘Above and Beyond’ will amplify these efforts many times over. It’s an exciting time for Boeing and for our wider aerospace community in the UK.”

Boeing’s ‘Above and Beyond’ exhibition
A family “ascends” to Earth’s orbit aboard a simulated space elevator of the future. During the ascent, breathtaking scenery, digital displays and a virtual tour guide describe the aircraft, spacecraft and natural phenomena encountered along the way.

The exhibition will be hosted in the Sammy Ofer Wing of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich with high-tech interactive exhibits of the past, present and future of aerospace.

Targeted at 7-14 year-olds, the exhibition aims to inspire them to explore further the available opportunities in aerospace and engineering through the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Boeing in the UK

Boeing employs more than 1,800 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing strong organic growth.

In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the UK, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry.

Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners.

Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2014 was approximately £1.4bn and the company’s activities worldwide support more than 60,000 jobs in the UK –  enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property in the process.