Building the First Modern Airliner: Boeing and the Model 247 (Wednesday, June 2)
Dr. Robert Van Der Laden
Chairman, Aeronautics Division, The National Air and Space Museum
In 1933, the Boeing Aircraft Company set a new standard for air transportation by introducing the Boeing 247 – a graceful, all metal, twin-engined aircraft that was 50 percent faster than the competition. This, the first modern airliner, revolutionized air travel and airliner construction. This presentation will examine the background of the aircraft, the reasons for its construction, a study of its design, and will explore why it briefly succeeded but ultimately failed in commercial service.
Sloan Mathematics Center (Math Corner)
450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA