Aviation Photo #0434168: Boeing 307 Stratoliner - Plane Boats


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  • Suresh A. Atapattu
    Plane Boats
    Boeing 307 Stratoliner
    Boeing 307 Stratoliner
    Boeing 307 Stratoliner
    1997
    N19904
    Miami
    Florida
    USA
    September 27, 2003
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October 03, 2003
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Formerly owned/used by Howard Hughes (bought 1939 TWA). One of 10 307s built. First high-altitude commercial and first four-engine airliner in scheduled domestic service. Total of 500 flight hours over 25 years until hurricane damage in 1964. In 1974, wings/tail off, and fuselage converted motor yacht. The “plane-boat” features twin V-8 inboards incorporating the original aircraft cockpit controls that were used to fly the plane, propelling the vessel over 20 mph. Shame or glory? I am not sure. Only in Miami!
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Comments (33)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Thats True Shame
Anonymous
10 years ago
I agree that it's a shame, really a shame. It's desecrated and so ugly. It's just not right to do this to such a beautiful plane! (or any plane i guess)
But good capture of this beast!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I think its nice, very creative!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Pretty nifty
Anonymous
10 years ago
Why are you so sad they turned the plane into a boat, if they didnt do that it would be sitting in the desert, or probley scrapped ages ago. This only extented the planes life so whipe of though's tears man! ps: awsome shot by the way
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm not sure, its sorta good that it wasnt a scrap heap but man, It woulda been nice in a museum.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I "flew" on this planeboat in october 2003 and it
was quite a thrill.
thanks for the photo.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Looks nice!I didn't know something like this, looks funny as well!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I would say glory you know this plane could be and or have been scrapped
Anonymous
8 years ago
You've heard of "Air Bus", well this is Sea Bus.haha
Anonymous
8 years ago
That is one of the most unusual things I have ever seen.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hats off to the cosmic muffin.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wonder how the owners of this felt when the only genuine flying 307 crashed into Elliot bay in 02, fortunately it was restored again and flew (@ the Smithsonian now), for a minute I thought it may have been the same one! :/
Anonymous
7 years ago
Cool! Very Cool!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Aerodynamic in air and water. Simply amazing.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Miami, Miami: We can find an airplane sailing in the sea.
Anonymous
6 years ago
"Sea bus" haha Like that one!:D How cool!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
What the heck?
Anonymous
5 years ago
Actually it's not in Miami; this "vessel" resides in Ft. Lauderdale.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Sea bus! ha ha lol!
Anonymous
4 years ago
The Cosmic Muffin, Desdamona's plan/boat/bakery/rocketship from Jimmy Buffetts "Where is Joe Merchant" i belive the esignia within the name is Air Margaritaville
Anonymous
4 years ago
This is the epitome of recycling scrap metal
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great photo!
Anonymous
4 years ago
People do almost everything with an old aircraft. But I still didn't see an "airtrain", for example. But it's not a suggestion, of course...
Anonymous
3 years ago
A shame she wasn't restore to her original glory. Some folks have too much time and money on their hands.. Only in Miami is right!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great idea! 5*
Anonymous
3 years ago
Very good gobstopper shot.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great capture. But with only ten produced, it is a crying shame that it wasn't restored. Being owned by HH, did they not understand how much it's worth would have been, both monetarily and historically? Oh well, keep her fly, floating.
Anonymous
3 years ago
It is an interesting idea, but it loses a lot of class with the window air conditioner
Anonymous
3 years ago
A most peculiar vessel. It could possibly be improved by being mounted on a hovercraft.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Nice way of recycling old planes.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Still clearly identifyable as an airplane, this poor thing looks as if it just crash-landed on the water, losing most of its body parts, and is desperately trying to get to shore in a last, futile attempt to survive. Sad sight...
Anonymous
2 years ago
Do they serve cosmic muffins for lunch inside that thing???