Is Boeing the best at retaining its historically significant aircraft as manufacturers go?
Boeing gave the Dash 80 to the Smithsonian but has the original "ship #1" for: 727, 737, 747, 757. I don't know about the first 767 and I'm sure the original 777 is still earning a living.
Does anyone know what ever happened to the first DC-8, DC-9 & DC-10 ? Are they being preserved? What about Convair, Lockheed, Airbus, Fokker & BaE. Hawker, DH
Vickers etc. Did any of their ship #1 aircraft survive?
Boeing through the Seattle Museum of Flight (which is technically an independent charity). However Boeing has given it many fine gifts and many Boeing people are on its board as well. And most of the volunteers are either Boeing employees, retirees or family.
Boeing / Museum of Flight has collected its first editions quite well. . . No other manufacturer has a collection that comes even close.
Anyone care to disagree?