Final flight

Our friends at Boeing Test & Evaluation shared some photos of a special moment today. Boeing test pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy had the good fortune to fly a 247D from Paine Field in Everett to Boeing Field in Seattle— on what would be the airplane’s final flight.


The airplane prepares to leave Paine Field for its ferry flight. Jon Lee photo.


Boeing Test & Evaluation test pilots Chad Lundy (left) and Mike Carriker give you a look inside the Model 247.

The Boeing Model 247 was developed in 1933. The all-metal, twin-engine airplane was the first modern passenger airliner.


The airplane on approach to Boeing Field. Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo.

This particular airplane has belonged to The Museum of Flight since 1966, and is one of only four remaining in the world. It will now be placed on permanent display at the museum. Congrats to all involved in this memorable day.

Comments (5)

Neil Briscoe (Belfast, Northern Ireland):

Hi there. If I've got this right, the former owner of this particular 247 was the best man at my wedding. Did Boeing purchase it from a crop duster and cloud seeder named Jack Van Zandt? And did it have at the time a sheet of plywood covering one window which had blown out during a storm? If so I was his and he was a great friend of mine. Sadly he passed away a few years back but hardly a day goes by when I don't think of him.

Oddly, a photo of the same aircraft appeared, complete with plywood sheet, in a book I repeatedly read as a small child, maybe a decade or so before I even met Jack.

Hope you're taking good care of the old bird. I must try and come out to Everret sone time to see her.

Hank (The Netherlands):

Looks great! Can you tell if that's a Dutch flag on the tail?

Jerry Greenberg (Palmdale, Ca. , USA):

What a sad thing to see a beautiful piece of history come to a close, but, on the other hand, it might be a wonderful event to have our great grandchildren
to experience the beauty that we, in our later years, have seen and have had the privelage to experience such grace in the sky.
Jerry Greenberg

Geoff (Huntersville NC):

One other example hangs in the west gallery (airliner and mailplane section) of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC., along with a DC-3, Both very-well restored.

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

It would be great to have at least one Boeing 247 that would remain airworthy but I am glad that this 247 will be preserved for a long long time. It Reminds me of the Boeing 307 going to the National Air and Space Museum over ten years ago.

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