Another piece of history
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