|The Dash 80 overflying the Olympic Peninsula, Washington, with Mt. Rainier in the background|
|First flight||July 15, 1954|
US$16 million (equivalent to $149 million today)
|Developed into||Boeing C-135 Stratolifter |
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
|Other name(s)||Dash 80|
|Owners and operators||Boeing|
|Preserved at||National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center|
Design and developmentEdit
Two things made Boeing think about making a jet airliner. The first reason was because of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. The second reason was because of the world's first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet.
In 1950 Boeing made some details on a jet airliner which they called the Model 473-60C. Airlines were not sure about jet planes because they successful with propeller planes like the Douglas DC-4, DC-6, Boeing Stratocruiser and Lockheed Constellation.
Boeing had sold a lot of planes to the military but they were not very successful with airlines. Douglas was the most successful airliner maker at the time. Boeing thought that the only way to get airlines to buy a jet plane was to show them one.
Boeing wanted its jets to have different model numbers from its propeller planes. The names of the propeller planes all started with 300. The numbers 400, 500 and 600 were used by missiles and other things, so Boeing made the model number of the jets 700. The first jet would be the 707.
The Dash 80 was 132 inches (3.35 m) wide. Boeing wanted to make the 707's fuselage 144 inches (3.66 m) wide. By the time the 707 was made, its fuselage was 148 inches (3.76 m) in diameter. The decision to change it did not make many delays, because the Dash 80 was mostly made by hand.
The Dash 80 was finished on May 15, 1954, which was 18 months after the making started.
Some problems were found with the engines and brakes. The brakes once completely failed when the plane landed, so it went over the runway.
The barrel rollEdit
People from Aircraft Industries Association (AIA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) came to the 1955 Seafair and Gold Cup Hydroplane Races on August 6, 1955. The Dash 80 was supposed to make a simple flight above them, but the Boeing test pilot did two barrel rolls instead.
Use as a test aircraftEdit
The Dash 80 was put in storage in 1969. On May 26, 1972 Boeing gave the Dash 8- to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. For 18 years the plane was in a "desert boneyard" in Arizona. Boeing took it back and restored it. The Dash 80's last flight was to Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. on August 27, 2003. It was painted in its first ever colours and it was sent to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is near Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia.
Data from Boeing Aircraft since 1916
- Crew: 3
- Length: 127 ft 10 in (39.97 m)
- Wingspan: 129 ft 8 in (39.88 m)
- Height: 38 ft (11.59 m)
- Wing area: 2,400 ft² (223 m²)
- Empty weight: 92,120 lb (41,870 kg)
- Loaded weight: 190,000 lb (86,360 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney JT3 turbojets, 10,000 lbf (44.5 kN) each
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