Washington, United States of America
SOLE SURVIVING BOEING 307 STRATOLINER ARRIVES AT DULLES AIRPORT AFTER
ITS FINAL FLIGHT.
Airport personnel gather around the world's sole remaining Boeing 307
Stratoliner after it arrived at Washington's Dulles International
Airport following its final flight ever, August 6, 2003. The aircraft,
the world's first pressurized airliner, capable of flying at altitudes
of around 20,000 feet, will join the Smithsonian's National Air and
Space Museum's collection at the Udvar-Hazy Center, where artifacts
that cannot fit in the main museum in downtown Washington will be
housed. This particular aircraft, built in the late 1930s, was
originally delivered to Pan American Airways, where it was christened
"Clipper Flying Cloud." It then had a colorful career, flying for the
U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII, returning to airline service in 1946,
then passing through the hands of several owners, including infamous
Haitian leader "Papa Doc" Duvalier.