From: Ray Carini <email@example.com> Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc. Date: 06 Feb 96 14:15:47
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The Boeing News on Friday, January 26, 1996 had a nice article about the the 307 Stratoliner and the 367-80 that I thought would be of interest to the group. There were 6 nice color photos which, if I had my web page up and running, I would have scanned and displayed them. The captions with the photos are quite informative and I'll post these as separte articles. These are reprinted here with the permission of the Boeing News. -- Ray MOVING HISTORY Looking back marks time and place, and it offers perspective... by Rick Roff Boeing News, Seattle There are few defining products of aviation history that stand out as significatn in this century. Two airplanes that fit the category, the Boeing 307 Stratoliner and the Boeing Model 367-80 -- the prototype of the 707 -- both owned by the Smithsonian, were towed into the safe, dry confies of the Plant II factory in Seattle last weekend. The event itself was significant. It was the first time any aircraft have been moved across East Marginal Way South at Plant II since 1958, when the last Seattle-built B-52F Stratofortress rolled out and was towed from the factory to the Boeing flight line. The four-propeller-powered Stratoliner, although only 10 were built, is best known for being the world's first high-altitude airliner capable of pressurized flight. The Dash 80 was the first jet-powered commercial airplane ever built in the United States and the forerunner for The Boeing Company's current family of aricraft. For the Stratoliner, the move Saturday actually was a return home. It was the last of 10 307s built at Plant II and the last of three delivered in 1940 to Pan American Airways, which named the aircraft Clipper Flying Cloud. It is in Bay 2 of the 2-40 building, where final assembly of 307s took place almost 60 years ago. "It is a rare moment to see an airplane come full circle and return to the very location it was manufactured," said Mark Kempton who was involved in getting the 207 back to Seattle and is in charge of its refurbishment. "It looks right at home." The aircraft is in "miraculous" condition. After a number of ownerships throughout the years, it was "rescued" from a near fateful demise in the late 1960s when it was sold to a company that almost used it for crop-dusting activity -- the chemicals from which could have corroded the aircraft. It was saved in a trade to the National Air and Space Museum in 1972 for a Lockheed Constellation, and ended up on display at the Pima Air Museum in the Arizona desert. On June 1, 1994, the Clipper Flying Cloud was flown to Seattle's Boeing Field, where it was kept in temporary storage. A three-year refurbishing program will return the aircraft to its 1940 appearance. Last fall, the airplane was stripped of its old paint and a test polishing was conducted. When complete the aircraft will have a new interior, thanks to Pan Am retirees, and all four engines will have been rebuild or overhauled. The Dash 80 was owned by Boeing until 1972, when it was donated to the National Air and Space Museum and given temporary residence at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. For the Boeing Company's 75th anniversary, the aircraft was flown to Seattle where it was refurbished, stripped and repainted. The future for the 307 and Dash 80 remains to be seen. Both were planned for display at the Smithsonian, but they eventually could end up in permanent display in a new wing now being planned at the Museum of Flight. In the meantime, the aircraft can be seen in Bays 2 and 3 of the 2-40 building at Plant II.