restored Boeing 40C is the only flying example on earth.
Interior shots of
the 40C's large cockpit and interior cabin, which seats four.
EAA AirVenture 2008 attendees will have an
opportunity to view an airplane that's been resurrected after 80 years,
and a aircraft model that has not graced the sky for 65 years, when a
fully restored Boeing 40C arrives at Wittman Regional Airport for the
annual summer gathering. Addison Pemberton, EAA 154948, Spokane,
Washington, restored the aircraft that had been lost in an accident in
October 1928, using parts from that airplane and another obtained from
Alaska. The restored airplane made its maiden
flight in February 2008 and is now being prepared for the 1,400-mile
trip to Oshkosh. It is the only flying Boeing Model 40 in the world.
"While EAA AirVenture is always a
showcase for aviation innovation, we also take tremendous pride at Oshkosh
in celebrating our aviation heritage and those who are dedicated to
keeping that history alive," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and
AirVenture chairman. "The Boeing Model 40 was a state-of-the-art
aircraft went it debuted in the 1920s and helped establish commercial
aviation in North America."
The Boeing 40C was part of the line of
Model 40 aircraft built between 1925 and 1931, with a total of 54 Model
40C aircraft built in 1928-1929. The Model 40 was originally designed to
be an air mail carrier and was later converted to passenger use.
Pemberton began his drive to restore a
Boeing 40 when he first saw one on display at the Henry Ford Museum in
Dearborn, Mich., in the early 1980s. He eventually acquired two Boeing 40C
aircraft that had been involved in accidents more than 60 years earlier,
and also acquired priceless drawings that detailed many of the 33,000
specific parts of the aircraft.
"There is still a lot of original DNA
left in this airplane from its last flight in 1928," Pemberton told EAA
Sport Aviation magazine in its April 2008 issue. "One of our main
goals in restoring this treasure was not to place it in a museum or keep
it tucked away in a hangar.
"It is my intention, as the custodian
of this airplane, to share it with as many people as possible. Our plan is
to fly the 1,400 miles from Spokane to Oshkosh this summer and place the
Boeing 40 on flying display."
Look for the airplane in the Vintage
aircraft parking area across from the Vintage Aircraft Association's Red
This unique airplane restoration project
is featured In the current (April 2008) edition of Sport Aviation on pages
100-107, or click here to read