Delivered to Boeing Air Transport 26 April 1933. To UAL 1 May 1934. Converted to 247D September 1935. Later to Western Air Express. Impressed by USAAF as 42-68366 on 17 July 1942. To Lineas Aereas Mexicanas as XA-DIY on 15 June 1944. To XB-JEB and XA-GUW. Crashed near Mexico City on 21 February 1952. Photo by Clifton Bray / Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
"Mainliner Omaha" was the first CV340 to be delivered to UAL on 2 September 1952, serving until sale to Frontier in August 1966. It is on a photo sortie just off the Pacific Coast from Convair's San Diego plant. From Convair 60 years ago.
Air New Zealand leased N8035U for three months from November 1967 to cover the busy Christmas period. Internet claims the aircraft was leased from November 1964 to January 1968 are incorrect but can be found repeated on all online aircraft production lists. Printed production lists from 40 years ago confirm my recollections.
United took delivery of a large fleet of Boeing 247s during 1933, replacing their biplanes and single-engined aircraft. NC13359 is nearest in this formation, with NC13342 (1723) in the lead and NC13316 (1697) farthest away. Obtained from UAL 60 years ago.
UAL DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) "City of Seattle" in flight showing the distinctive slit windows for lighting the upper of two berths in each sleeper compartment during the long overnight transcontinental journey. Obtained from UAL 60 years ago.
The DC-4E was designed to have twice the capacity of the DC-3 with a range of 2200 miles. Provision was made for pressurisation, but was not fitted. The prototype first flew on 7 June 1938. After testing, it was handed over to United in 1939 for airline trials, but was deemed to be too large and complex for airline demand of the day. The small upper windows were to illuminate sleeping accomodation. Sold to Japan in late 1939. Obtained from UAL 60 years ago.
The Model 40 was Boeing's first passenger aircraft. Two pax sat in the forward cabin and up to 2500 lbs of U.S. Mail was carried. C.A.M.18 was from San Francisco to Chicago - as marked on the "Arrow" insignia. This aircraft was built as a 40A with a 420 hp P&W Wasp, but was converted to a 40B by replacing the engine with a 525 hp P&W Hornet. This gave the 40B a cruise of 110 mph over 550 miles. Obtained from UAL 60 years ago.
The first of seven Stratocruisers delivered to UAL during late 1949 and early 1950, seen during a pre-handover photo sortie off the Washington coast. N31225 served UAL from 28 September 1949 until sale to BOAC as G-ANTX on 29 December 1954. Obtained from Boeing 60 years ago.
United Airlines were the launch customer for the Boeing 247. Within a few months of the type's first flight in early 1933, over 30 were in service with UAL, replacing the previous assortment of single-engined and biplane airliners. Obtained from Boeing 60 years ago.
One of two Monomails built as technology demonstrators for latge monoplane commercial aircraft. Initially Model 200, here modified to eight-seat 221A standard and test flown by United Airlines. The future site of Boeing's Renton factory lies beyond the Monomail's right wheel. From UAL 60 years ago.