Boeing Phantom Works

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Boeing Phantom Works
TypeOperating Division
IndustryAerospace and Advanced Research and Development
Foundedby McDonnell Douglas
Washington D.C.
United States
Key people
Steve Nordlund (Vice President / General Manager)[1]
Number of employees
ParentBoeing Works

Boeing Phantom Works is the advanced prototyping arm of the defense and security side of Boeing. Its primary focus is developing advanced military products and technologies, many of them highly classified.

Founded by McDonnell Douglas, the research and development group continued after Boeing acquired the company. Its logo is similar to one used for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter.

Scope and responsibility[edit]

Phantom Works' organization mirrors that of Boeing's Defense business units, with 'Advanced' versions of each unit (e.g. Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft). The underlying technology is provided by the Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) organization, who develop new technologies (i.e. Technology Readiness Level 1–4) for use by Boeing's Commercial and Defense units. Phantom Works responsibility is to grow those technologies into prototype (i.e. Technology Readiness Level 4–6) to then transition those prototypes to the business units to turn into products (i.e. Technology Readiness Level 7–9).


Headquartered in Washington D.C., Phantom Works has projects in most Boeing locations in the United States.

Additionally an international group does modelling and simulation work for various governments in the United States,[2] Britain,[3] Australia,[4] and India.[5]

Known projects[edit]

Boeing X-51 Waverider advanced hypersonic vehicle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Executive Biographies. Boeing. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.
  2. ^ Boeing: Boeing Dedicates Virtual Warfare Center in St. Louis Archived June 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Boeing UK – 404 Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Boeing: Boeing Australia Unveils Advanced International Systems Analysis Laboratory Archived June 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Australian Fighter-Sized UAS Unveiled". Australian Aviation. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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