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Heroes of the Sky



The Planes: 1927 Boeing 40-B

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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, Washington
Cost: Approximately $25,000
Number Built: 25
Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney Hornet, 9-cylinder, 500-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Hartford, Connecticut
Configuration: 1-pilot/2-passenger tractor biplane
Maximum Speed: 132 m.p.h.

“Number 285”
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.


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Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


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