What happened to Howard Hughes's Boeing 307

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  1. T Bolt

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    #1 T Bolt, Jun 2, 2010
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    ive seen that boat before . never realized it was Hughes. are any 307s still airworthy out there? good looking plane.
     
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    Wow, I'd seen the "boat" before, but had no idea it used to be his plane.
     
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    They turned his plane into a frikkin BOAT???? Somehow, I feel like I need to take a shower. That's just frikkin WRONG!
     
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    Like others, I've seen the boat... but never realized. Ugh.
     
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    Thats. just. wrong.

    :puke:
     
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    There was one that crashed into a lake after running out of fuel in around 2002(?) but it was restored and put in the Smithsonian Air Museum. I think that was the only airworthy one left.
     
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    #8 T Bolt, Jun 3, 2010
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    air_stratoliner11.jpg 1.jpg 800px-Boeing_307_in_Elliott_Bay.jpg P1020445.JPG
    Boeing meticulously restored the last intact Model 307, going so far as having the interior fabric specially woven. The plane flew at least a few times as I''ve seen quite a few pictures of it in flight and there was an article in Air Classics Magazine about the restoration with a lot of post restoration shots. Shortly after I read the article I heard about it ditching in Puget Sound and thought it was all over, but they pulled it out, got it flying again and took it to Dulles International where it's on display at the Smithsonian museum there.
    Picture 1 A post restoration flight
    Pictures 3 4 The ditching
    Picture 4 A picture I took a year ago at at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center At Dulles International
     
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    "That's just wrong" is right!!


    Wheels
     
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    How could they!!?? That's just......W-R-O-N-G!! :evil:

    :puke:

    Did they only make 10(!) of the 307 Stratocruiser? :shock:
     
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    That's AMAZING..................

    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    #12 T Bolt, Jun 7, 2010
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    307 1.jpg 307 2.jpg 307 3.jpg
    Only ten :(

    The first one crashed during a demonstration flight.
    The second one went to Howard Hughes.
    Five went to TWA
    Three Went to Pan Am

    Only the Boat and the one at Dulles International remain.

    Thats 20%....., well maybe 15% asI think counting the boat as 1/2 is generous. Thats a pretty high survival rate for aircraft of that era.

    It was a beautiful aircraft. The first airliner with cabin pressurization.
     
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    Yep, read about the Hughes plane getting made into a boat. Just sad!
     
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