|Title||Boeing Model 299 (XB-17) bomber at Boeing factory, Seattle, 1935 |
|Caption||In this photo, the Model 299 (XB-17) bomber, an early prototype for the B-17 Flying Fortress, sits outside a Boeing factory. The Model 299, a four-engine plane, was made to fulfill a request for a plane to carry a 2, 000 pound bomb load 2, 000 miles at 200 miles per hour. The 299 had successfully completed two test flights in the summer of 1935 when it flew nonstop from Seattle to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio in record time, averaging 252 miles an hour. |
On October 30, 1935, the plane crashed on take-off during a test flight at Wright Field. The crash was a result of human error, not a flaw in the plane: the crew had forgotten to remove the locks on the control surfaces before take-off, thus dooming the plane. Pilot Major Pete Hill and co-pilot Les Tower died in the crash.
|Notes||Handwritten on sleeve: AIRPLANES, Boeing, B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber.|
Caption information source: Bauer, Eugene E. (2000). Boeing: The first century. Enumclaw, WA: TABA Publishing, Inc.
Date photograph was filed at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (date of photograph and file date may differ by a month or more): May 4, 1936.
|Subjects||Boeing 299 (Bomber)|
Boeing Aerospace Company
|Places||United States--Washington (State)--Seattle |
|Digital Collection||Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection |
|Image Number||1986.5.155 |
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|Credit Line||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle; All Rights Reserved |
|Repository||Museum of History & Industry, Seattle (MOHAI) |
|Repository Collection||Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection |
|Physical Description||1 nitrate negative: b&w; 4 x 5 in. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original negative as a 3000 pixel TIFF image in 8-bit grayscale, resized to 640 pixels in the longest dimension and compressed into JPEG format using Photoshop 6.0 and its JPEG quality measurement 3. |