In the year that the Wright brothers first flew, Boeing, 22, left Yale University without graduating and headed west to Grays Harbor, Washington, where he learned the logging business on his own, working land he had inherited. When he turned 25, in October 1906, Boeing still had never seen an airplane. His first ride in one came in the summer of 1914. Smitten, he financed the construction of his first airplane, a seaplane, in a boathouse on Lake Union in Seattle.
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