Oldest flyable Boeing makes successful last flight

Published on : Friday, April 29, 2016

boeingThe world has witnessed a little bit of aviation history after a rare Boeing 247D took a victory lap around before retiring to the Museum of Flight’s permanent display. Pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy wrote the final chapter Tuesday in the story of Boeing’s 247D.



The plane lifted off with a backdrop of blue skies and the Puget Sound, the 247 flew from Everett’s Paine Field to Boeing Field, where it’ll be on permanent display for visitors. They touched down for a smooth landing at Boeing Field outside Seattle’s Museum of Flight in Washington.


Welcomed by aviation enthusiasts, the crowd broke out in applause as the plane — sporting a mid-1930s United Air Lines livery — went wheels down after a 15-minute hop from nearby Paine Field in Everett.


It was a ten seated plane which was undergoing restoration since 1979.

The museum said that of the 75 total 247s built, it’s one of only four remaining 247Ds on the planet.


an example of one of the first modern airliners, it will be on display at the Museum of Flight.



This plane is one of the first airliners to have retractable landing gear, de-icing equipment and auto-pilot as said by Boeing. What really set this airliner apart when it debuted in the 1930s was its top speed: about 200 miles an hour. it could make a trip between New York and Los Angeles as quickly as 20 hours.


The 247 was more comfortable and its aerodynamic design was sleeker, more modern, even revolutionary. The popular Ford Tri-Motor — which debuted in 1928 — had one more engine than the 247, but it could only muster a top speed of about 135 miles an hour. The Douglas Aircraft Corporation soon followed Boeing’s 247 with the DC-2, and it wasn’t long before the 247 was outmoded.


The 247, along with its successors had been the pioneers in the aviation industry and carries more than 3.6 billion people every year to points around the globe.



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