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Boeing today released its first app for the iPad, but anyone hoping for something innovative to use in seat 37D will be disappointed. It’s geared for aviation fans, not travelers, and it looks back more than it does ahead.

That said, it’s a very nice-looking app, and it’s free.

The “Milestones in Innovation” app offers a visual timeline of Boeing history, dating back to its beginnings in the early 20th Century, and continuing through the modern day.

“This is the history of Boeing as a digital coffee table book,” said Fritz Johnston, Boeing’s vice president of brand and advertising, in the news release announcing the app. “iPad’s amazing Retina display makes it the perfect canvas to present this visually stunning narrative.”

Boeing rival Airbus also has an iPad app, showing the future of in-flight technology.

(Photo via Boeing. Thanks to Isaac Alexander for his help.)


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