1933 Boeing 247

This aircraft crashed on April 16, 1941 at Charleston West Virginia with no fatalities.

Twin Engine All Metal Boeing 247 - 170 M.P.H. Payload 2,000 Pounds including 10 passengers mail and baggage. A low-wing, twin-engine, all metal monoplane that revolutionized air transport design. Developed in 1933 and the first modern passenger airliner. It had an autopilot, pneumatically operated de-icing equipment, a variable-pitch propeller, and retractable landing gear. It took the Model 247 20 hours, with seven stops, to fly between New York and Los Angeles. However, because the 247 flew at 189 mph, its trip was seven and a half hours shorter than that made by previous airliners. Seventy-six 247s were built. The 247s remained in airline service until World War II, when several were converted into C-73 transports and trainers. Some were still flying in the late 1960s.





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