Story: Aviation

The first Boeing seaplane

The first Boeing seaplane

This seaplane, the first to be produced by the Boeing factory, is floating on Seattle’s Lake Union in 1916. The same year, the New Zealand Flying School imported this plane, together with the next one produced. They were later used for record-breaking flights in New Zealand. What happened to the two aircraft after the school’s demise remains a mystery, but if found they would have immense historical and monetary value.

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Peter Aimer, 'Aviation - Early flying feats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6567/the-first-boeing-seaplane (accessed 22 January 2021)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 12 Jun 2006