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boeing 40

Boeing 40A

This Boeing 40A is the only restored, airworthy example, which visited the Historic Flight Foundation’s annual Fourth of July fly-in in 2012. Boeing’s history of the 40A may be found here. 

 

boeing 247

Boeing 247 

The Boeing 247 was the first “modern” airliner, created for United Airlines when it was part of the same consortium that include The Boeing Co. The history may be found here. This example is owned by the Museum of Flight  in Seattle. It was airworthy for a time but has not been flown for years.

 

eal dc7b

Restored Douglas DC-7

This is the only restored Douglas DC-7 in passenger configuration. N836D is a DC-7B model delivered to Eastern Airlines. It was restored by the Historical Flight Foundation (not to be confused with the Historic Flight Foundation, above). History of this aircraft may be found here.  We took a trip  on this aircraft in May 2011. At this writing, the aircraft is grounded in Charlotte (NC) with a defective engine. The HFF is seeking funds to repair the aircraft.

 

sikorsky flying boat

Sikorsky VS-44A Excambian

The Sikorsky VS-44A Excambian is the only one surviving of three built. This example is in American Export Airlines colors. The history may be found here.  This is at the New England Air Museum at Hartford (CT) Bradley International Airport.

 

twa dc-2

Douglas DC-2 

The Douglas DC-2 was the response to the Boeing 247 and quickly surpassed the Boeing in airline and passenger preference. It is, of course, the forerunner to the legendary DC-3. This airworthy example is owned by the Museum of Flight. . This history of this aircraft is here.  Although this aircraft was operated by Pan Am, the TWA colors represent the airline that sponsored development of the DC-2.