By Nicholas A. Veronico
Boeing's version 377 used to be constructed from the area struggle II B-29 bomber. Named the Stratocruiser, this four-engine passengerliner bridged the space for Boeing from war-time construction to the advent of the all-jet 707 within the past due Fifties. The Stratocruiser, which set the criteria for luxurious air trip, represents a romantic period within the golden age of industrial aviation. The aircraft used to be built with sleeper seats, fold-down berths, and a 14-passenger living room under the most deck that used to be reached via descending a spiral staircase. Such facilities wouldn't be noticeable back until eventually the early Nineteen Seventies while Boeing's 747 got here online. For aviation lovers
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A. Patterson, president of United Air Lines, watches as Mrs. Hans L'Orange showers Waipahu-grown sugar in christening Mainliner Waipahu at Honolulu on January 14, 1950. N31228, Mainliner Waipahu, is named after Patterson's Hawaiian birthplace. (United Air Lines, 2434) 56 .. AIRLINER TECH -- Orient because of range considerations. Adding eight seats to each of the carrier's 10 Stratocruisers added an additional 4 million seat miles per month that had the capacity to earn $244,000. Northwest found its Stratocruisers wanting for passengers during the cold, snowy winter months.
Stratocruisers had made more than 2,200 ocean crossings and 500 transcontinental crossings, while carrying 160,000 passengers. Canada's Red River overflowed its banks in late May 1950, flooding the Dominion's fourth largest city, Winnipeg. An appeal to Britain raised $310,000 for relief supplies, the first 42,000 pounds of which were transported by air, the balance by ship. Wearing "Canada Flood Relief" titles, Caledonia flew 18,500 pounds of supplies to Winnipeg, departing London on May 2'7 with a Low-angle view ofN31227 Mainliner Hana Maui shows great landing gear detail fuel stop in Keflavik, Iceland.
There were several pieces of equipment at the Radio-navigation station: an interphone system; MN-62A red and green ADF radios; RA-10DD range radio and MN-53A marker beacon; CX-lIOO radio altimeters; BC733D localizer receiver and R-89BIARN-5 glide path receiver; as well as an R-65IAPN-9 or MT-203 Loran set (note that this equipment could vary depending upon airline installation). The station also included a crew call system which let the cockpit crew establish communications between the galley, lounge, or cabin attendant's station and vice versa.
Boeing 377 Stratocruiser - Airliner Tech Vol. 9 by Nicholas A. Veronico