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September 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM

The Lockheed Electra flies again

Another piece of history

A 1935 Lockheed Electra, identical to the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared over the Pacific, does a fly-over at Boeing Field on Sept. 21, 2013.  The plane flew from Reno to the Museum of Flight.  It will be the centerpiece of a permanent Earhart exhibit opening in October, and is one of only two Lockheed Model 10-E Electras left in existence. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

A 1935 Lockheed Electra, identical to the plane Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared over the Pacific, does a fly-over at Boeing Field on Sept. 21, 2013. The plane will be the centerpiece of a permanent Earhart exhibit opening in October, and is one of only two Lockheed Model 10-E Electras left in existence. [Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times.]

As a Seattle Museum of Flight member, I am pleased that the Lockheed Electra has been saved in flyable condition, and will anchor a major exhibit. [“A piece of history takes wing,” NW Sunday, Sept. 22.]

Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles to the east, Boeing’s strategic-bomber prototype, XB-47, languishes outdoors in the Chanute Air Museum in Illinois. Boeing’s prototype Stratojets were used to develop the basic configuration for large, high-speed turbojet airplanes.

The B-47 thrust Boeing into the aeronautical big-time and to great prosperity. Its design is now the accepted standard worldwide. Large aircraft built by Boeing, Airbus and a host of other manufacturers adhere to that standard.

2,032 B-47s were built, followed by thousands of Boeing-built bomber planes. To those figures must be added additional thousands of U.S. and foreign aircraft that trail in the Stratojet’s jet wash.

I hope that a movement will develop to rescue Boeing’s most important airplane (a national treasure), to bring it home, refurbish it and display it indoors.

Anthony Pomata, Maple Valley

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