Boeing Model 1
1916
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Boeing Model 1

Worthy of brief mention as the very first of the long line of Boeing aircraft, the Model 1 was known also as the B & W. Its design was the result of a collaboration between William E. Boeing and a friend, Cdr G.C. Westervelt of the US Navy, and the B & W designation recognised this association. Of wood and fabric construction, extensively strutted and wire-braced, the Model 1 was an unequal-span biplane, with ailerons on the upper wings only. The fuselage, mounted directly on the lower wing, had two open cockpits in tandem, and carried at the rear a tail unit that was a typical braced structure of its period. Power was provided by a Hall-Scott engine mounted in the nose of the fuselage to drive a tractor propeller. Floatplane landing gear included two single-step floats, strut-mounted and braced beneath the fuselage, plus a small float under the tail to prevent disaster in a tail-down landing.

The first of two Model 1s was flown initially on 29 June 1916, by which time Cdr Westervelt had been posted to the other side of the American continent. William Boeing decided, therefore, to establish a company to build these aircraft, and his Pacific Aero Products Company was founded on 15 July 1916. The first company to incorporate the Boeing name, the Boeing Airplane Company, was formed on 26 April 1917. The two Model 1s, construction numbers 1 and 2, were sold to the New Zealand government.


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x 93kW Hall-Scott A-5 inline piston engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1270 kg2800 lb
    Empty weight953 kg2101 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan15.85 m52 ft 0 in
    Length9.5 m31 ft 2 in
    Wing area53.88 m2579.96 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed121 km/h75 mph
    Cruise speed108 km/h67 mph
    Range515 km320 miles

Comments
08-01-2012, 02.08.2012

A REPLICA OF THE B & W HANGS FROM THE CEILING OF THE NOTYHWEST AVIATION MUSEUM ON BOEING FIELD IN SEATTLE. iT IS A FULL SIZE FLYING REPLICA AND WAS BUILT IN 1966 FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSERY OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE BOEING COMPANY AND WAS FLOWN TO WHICITA AND PHILIDELPHIA. IT WAS BUILT BY CLAYTON SCOTT AND HIS EMPLOYEES WHO HAD A SMALL AIRCRAFT REPAIR SHOP ON RENTON FIELD. CLAYTON SCOTT WAS A BOEING TEST PILOT AND FLEW B 29 AIRCRAFT BUILT IN WHICITA DURING THE WAR YEARS. MY ORGANIZATION BUILT THE PONTOONS FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS FOR CLAYTON AS HE DIDN'T HAVE THAT TALENT AVAILABLE IN HIS SMALL SHOP. THEY WERE HELL FOR STOUT AND STRONG ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THE ATTATCHMENT OF WHEELS FOR THE CROSS CONTRY FLIGHT, AL KRININGER

Kevin Du, 25.06.2012

Hey guys, thanks for putting this up. I've searched everywhere about information on the Boeing Model 1 and this is one of the only websites that had it. I'm doing research on a project for this and is planning on building a 1/72 scale model on it. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about building a Boeing 1 model and is there any tips that I should follow. Thanks.

not your beeswax, 12.03.2012

I need some IDEAS FOR PARTS OF THE B and W! AND WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFO

Doug Sanders, 30.11.2011

For Sale : G.C.Westervelt, WW 1 Navy Sword.

Ali Mirzadeh, 19.07.2011

Mr. Elliott,
I fully share your sentiments about the absence of an appropriate tribute to Cdr. Westervelt's contributions to aviation in general and the Boeing Co. In particular. An oversight indeed. Says a lot about the sort of folks that run these institutions.

Bill Elliott, 03.03.2011

Conrad Westervelt was my dad's uncle (his mother's brother). There was a nice tribute to him in the Congressional Record upon his passing. I was somewhat disappointed that there was not much mention of him at either the Boeing Museum in Seattle or the Wright-Patterson Museum in Dayton.

the guy, 16.11.2009

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Merv Shetler, 03.07.2008

Bill Boeing named the first two airplanes after some ducks that lived on Lake Union where the airplanes were built. The Boeing Volunteer Retirees origanized 1995 have adopted the name of the first Model 1( a Bluebill) as their logo. We wanted to be the lead duck of volunteers in the Puget Sound area. The second airplane was called the Mallard

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