The Boeing 247 is considered to be the first modern airliner with many ground breaking features for its day. However, design limitations meant is was not as successful as it’s competitor, the Douglas DC-2
The Boeing 247 was a very advanced airliner designed in the early 1930s.
When the prototype made its first flight on 22 May 1933 it set the standard for all following airliners with, among other things, all-metal monologue construction, retractable undercarriage and cabin heating and sound proofing.
The 247D was also fitted with variable pitch propellers.
Boeing 247 sales were initially limited to United Airlines so Douglas designed the DC-2 which was more widely available and could accommodate an extra four passengers in greater comfort.
As a result only 75 Boeing 247s were manufactured in comparison to 198 DC-2s.
This model represents NC13363 flying for United Airlines in early 1935.
Welsh Models 1/144 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in October 2022.