The Boeing Model 247 was an early United States airliner; it was considered "ordered off the drawing board" and first flew in February 1933. The B247 was the first aircraft to fully incorporate advances such as all-metal semi-monocoque construction, a fully cantilevered wing and retractable landing gear. Other advanced features included control surface trim tabs, an autopilot and deicing boots for the wings and tailplane. In addition, the B247 was the first twin-engine passenger transport able to fly on one engine. The B247 was capable of crossing the United States from east to west eight hours faster than its predecessors, such as the Ford Trimotor and Curtiss Condor. For the first time airline passengers could fly across the country without changing planes or stopping overnight. Unfortunately, air carriers considered its limited capacity a drawback since it only carried 10 passengers; compared to the competition, the passenger count was too few to make it a commercially viable airliner. The 247 remained in airline service until World War II, when several were converted into C-73 transports and trainers.
This specific model is painted in the United Airlines paint scheme. United is a major US airline and the world's largest airline in terms of number of destinations.
This handcrafted model is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen with a wealth of detail and makes a great gift for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
- 1/48 Scale Model
- 18.5 Inch Wingspan
- 12.63 Inch Length
- Material Mahogany Wood