San Diego Soliloquies

Thursday, August 14, 2003

The Last Flying Stratoliner Goes to the Smithsonian

While the Douglas DC-3 is the most popular and beloved of the 1930's airliners, the plane that would have dominated transportation in the 40's was the Boeing Stratoliner. Pressurized, and thus able to fly over most weather, the Stratoliner was introduced in 1940. Only 10 were built as producing bombers had a higher priority for Boeing and the country.

The last surviving flying Stratoliner has been completely restored, twice and is now in the hands of the Smithsonian.

Of course, as any true Parrothead knows, there's another Stratoliner out there.


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