The Planes: 1927 Boeing 40-B
Length: 33' 4";
Wingspan: 44' 4";
Weight (empty): 3,500 lbs.
Construction Materials: Welded steel tube and fabric fuselage;
wood (spruce and ash) wings covered with fabric
Builder: Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle,
Cost: Approximately $25,000
Number Built: 25
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney Hornet,
9-cylinder, 500-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal
Engine Builder: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft,
Configuration: 1-pilot/2-passenger tractor
Maximum Speed: 132 m.p.h.
This plane flew 6,049 service hours, crashed four times (never with any injuries
to pilot or passengers) and was upgraded from 40 to 40-B to 40-B2 before
retiring from service. The airplane was donated to Henry Ford Museum in 1938.