Boeing Westervelt airplane model. The first B&W, completed in June 1916, was made of wood, linen, and wire. Similar to the Martin trainer that Boeing owned, the B &, W had, among other improvements, better pontoons and a more powerful engine.
The two B&Ws were offered to the U.S. Navy. When the Navy did not buy them, they were sold to the New Zealand Flying School and became the company's first international sale. The B&Ws later were used for New Zealand express and airmail deliveries, set a New Zealand altitude record of 6,500 feet on June 25, 1919, and made that country's first official airmail flight on Dec. 16, 1919.