Boeing 247D, July 1933.
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The Boeing 247D had most of the attributes asociated with the modern airliner and was built at a time when Boeing was involved in both airline ownership and management. This aeroplane (serial number 1722) was purchased after the collapse of the 'Wings & Wheels Museum' in Florida in c 1980. It was flown acros the old World War II 'Northern Ferry Route', and became the oldest aircraft to have flown the Atlantic when it landed at Wroughton, Wiltshire, on 3rd August 1983.