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In some cases a particular airplane was manufactured by different companies. A total of 74 Argosy's were built for airlines and the Royal Air Force. The basic model 247 aircraft was a 10 passenger plus 3 crew, pilot, co-pilot and stewardess, airplane equpped with low drag speed rings around the engines with fixed pitch propellers, and a forward slope windshield. The Boeing 314 was designed by Boeing for long range over water travel. Problem here, according to the American Airlines pilot, was the United crew failed to turn OFF the cross feed after the second engine stated. With both engines feeding from one tank the engines quit about 35 miles north of their intended destinaion.Photograph courtesy of Water view of a Barkley-Grow T8P-1 on floats. Boeing manufactured about 59 model 247 aircraft followed by a single 247A which was a 247 configured for executive use. To accomplish this mission required 5 crew members: Pilot, Co-Pilot, Flight Engineer, Navigator and Radio Operator. Today that onion field no longer exists, houses now occupy the fields where onions once grew.The Larry Westin Propeller Driven Transport Aircraft Photo Page features propeller driven transport aircraft. Most photo's are "period" images taken while the aircraft were new or in service rather than museum exhibits. One other difference is that "Atlantic Division" is now on the tail of the airplane. Inflight view of Boeing 377 Stratocruiser with cloudscape background of American Overseas Airlines. Note the sprial staircase on the right which leads down to the lounge. Convair 340 N73102 being given basic repairs on site after a forced landing. Known passenger names are Al Baker, Joann Cox, Martin Matich and Evelyn Matich, Mr. Douglas Mc Kay who were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Cause of both engines stopping (the engines didn't fail) was fuel starvation.Most are black and white, sized to show full screen when your display is set to 1024x768. Aircraft listed first by manufacture name, second by manufacture model. W.650 Argosy Series 102 Argosy, registered G-APRN, c/n 6654. Ground view of Boeing model 247, NC13315, c/n 1696, of Western Air Express. Registration is N90941, Boeing construction number 15957, delivered to American Oversaea Airlines on June 13, 1949, named Flagship Great Britian. A United Airlines pilot made the take off from the onion field, flew the airplane gear down to San Francisco for in depth mechanical examination of the ship. Crew of the United Convair 340 was Pilot William M. Talking with a retired American Airlines pilot who knew United Captain Wade, he told me the crew encountered a fuel pump problem at Fresno.Local television interviewing other passengers give the same view from the passengers.
The two pilot's are wearing military uniforms, and since the crew is uniformed I believe this was probably taken while the aircraft was a C-75 in USAAF service. Ground view of Boeing SA-307B-1 Stratoliner of Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA). "He was operating the x-feed system in line with how they were trained.
Ground view of Boeing C-97A Stratofreighter serial number 48-399, same aircraft as above but a ground view. Believe this a Northwest Orient airplane, it has the square passenger windows. This is an aerial view of Convair 340 N73102 immediately after the forced landing in a Saugus field showing the entire airplane in the field. Only 2 minor injuries occurred to the 43 passengers, and 4 crew. United mechanics hoisted the airplane, lowered the landing gear, replaced the propellers and some other parts.
The United pilot did an excellent job of making a "dead stick" forced landing, gear up, in an onion field in Saugus, CA.
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