Boeing Phantom Works

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Boeing Phantom Works
Operating Division
Industry Aerospace and Advanced Research and Development
Founded by McDonnell Douglas
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Key people
Darryl Davis (President)[1]
Number of employees
Parent The Boeing Company

Phantom Works is a division of Boeing involving persons specifically involved in research and development, and prototyping of advanced military technologies, especially those concerns in the field of defense and security. [2]


The division is a continuation of the work of the Advanced Systems and Technology-Phantom Works group of McDonnell Douglas corporation, since the purchase of the corporation by Boeing during 1997. [3][4]

David O. Swain was president of the division during 2010. [5]

Scope and responsibility[edit]

Boeing Phantom Works addresses emerging market opportunities to capture vital new business that will enhance Boeing Defense, Space & Security's core and extend the company's presence in new and untraditional frontiers.

— website of Boeing [6]

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).


Originally headquartered in St Louis, Phantom Works has subsequently re-located to Seattle. [3]

Additionally an international group does modelling and simulation work for governments of the United States,[7] Britain,[8] Australia,[9] and India.[10]

Known projects[edit]

X-51 Waverider advanced hypersonic vehicle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Executive Biographies. Boeing. Retrieved on June 29, 2009.
  2. ^ K. Vaughan - AE285 Seminar published November 8, 2013 University of Michigan [Retrieved 2015-11-06]
  3. ^ a b The Seattle Times (including information from P. Lane). article. published by The Seattle Times September 16, 1999. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  4. ^ Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica - article [Retrieved 2015-11-06]
  5. ^ A.F. Grandt, W. A. Gustafson, L.T. Cargnino - One Small Step: The History of Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University Purdue University Press, 2010 (revised), ISBN 155753599X [Retrieved 2015-11-06]
  6. ^ Boeing - About [Retrieved 2015-11-04]
  7. ^ Boeing: Boeing Dedicates Virtual Warfare Center in St. Louis
  8. ^ Boeing UK - 404
  9. ^ Boeing: Boeing Australia Unveils Advanced International Systems Analysis Laboratory
  10. ^

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Inside Phantom Works - The DEW Line