B307

From:         David Lednicer <dave@amiwest.com>
Date:         08 Jun 94 12:45:35 
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	Until the 777 flies sometime this month (it hasn't as of the 
morning of June 7th) the big news from Seattle is that the last Boeing 307 
Stratocruiser has returned home.  Suprisingly, it flew home - a group of 
Boeing people went down to the Pima County Air Museum and got it 
airworthy for the flight back to Seattle.  It flew in last week and is 
currently stored a the North end of Boeing field, on the Boeing ramp 
area, next to the 757 ship #1, and just down the ramp from the 367-80.  
Unfortunately, it is in a very poor spot for photos.  The story is 
that it will be moved into Boeing Plant 2 for external restoration by 
Boeing personnel, with the interior restored by ex-PAA pilots.  There are 
no announced plans where it will go after this, but hopefully it will end 
up in the Museum of Flight here.  

	The airplane was the last 307 built, as Clipper Flying Cloud for 
Pan Am.  It later was used in Haiti, including as Papa Doc Duvalier's 
personal transport.  In the late 60s it returned to the US for conversion 
as either a spray ship or a Borate bomber.  The NASM spotted it and 
traded it for a Connie.  Not having a place to display it, the airplane 
was loaned to Pima County, where it has been ever since.  It is the last 
complete 307 left - the fuselage of Howard Hughes' Flying Penthouse still 
exists down in Florida as a houseboat!

	Also, the Museum of Flight's Boeing 247 is supposed to come out 
of restoration this summer for display.  Boeing 747 #1 appears to be done 
with flight testing of the PW4084 and is now parked engineless on the 
ramp next to the Museum, right by the Museum's B-47.  I saw it on Saturday, 
and it looks really strange with no engines (they didn't put concrete blocks 
on the pylons).  It still has the special pylon in the #2 position.  Further 
down the ramp is the #1 767 with the huge AOA (now AST - Airborne Surveillance 
Testbed) fairing.  Quite a collection of historically important aircraft.


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