BOEING FACT FILE

Book number: 91231 Product format: Paperback Author: JO BEECK

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From the elegant prototype Model-40 biplane of 1925 which was adapted to carry mail between Chicago and San Francisco, to the 787 "Dreamliner" with its glass-fibre structure, this neat fact file tells you everything you wanted to know about Boeing aircraft and a whole lot more besides. Making its name as a supplier of military aircraft in WWI, in 1933 the Boeing company diversified into the passenger market with the 247, which combined aerodynamic form and excellent flying performance with space for 10 passengers and their luggage, a potential distance of 1200 km and a cruising speed of 304 km per hour. This cantilevered low-wing monoplane was ordered in such large numbers that new assembly techniques had to be developed. By 1949 the 377b Stratocruiser prioritised comfort over speed in the era of expanding leisure flights, incorporating a lounge and bar on the lower deck. At the same time Boeing was in the forefront of the jet aircraft speed revolution, with Pan-American launching its London-New York passenger service in 1958 using a Boeing 707, soon to be superseded by the 727 with its three turbofans and a T-tailplane. In 1968 both Lufthansa and United put the new 737 into service. 1969 saw the first take-off of the 747 "Jumbo" Jet2, which by 1970 was in regular transatlantic service with Pan-Am. In the 21st century Boeing suffered setbacks but a comeback has been based on its global reach, employing over 150,000 workers in 67 countries. 111pp, softback, 39 featured aircraft with history, specifications and colour photos.

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