Boeing Plant 1

See    Renton Plant
To see where the RED BARN was, look over this 2012 image.
A lot of swamp land has been taken over.

Plant I's large final assembly building was constructed next to the Red Barn after Boeing was awarded a contract in the late 1910s by the US Navy to build 50 Curtiss HS-2L patrol bombers. The facility was located south of Seattle in the Heath Shipyard on the banks of the Duwamish River. When Plant II was constructed at Boeing Field two miles to the southeast of the facility, the former shipyard became known as Plant I. It was closed in 1970 and sold to the Port of Seattle. The Red Barn was donated to the Pacific Northwest Aviation Historical Foundation and subsequently became the Seattle Museum of Flight's first building.                              This is a 1929 view!

Plant I images are from Boeing Archives


Clipper Launch  1938

With a nose similar to that of the modern 747, the Clipper was the "jumbo" airplane of its time with a top speed of 199 miles per hour. Boeing built 12 Model 314s between 1938 and 1941. At the outbreak of World War II, the Clipper was drafted into service to ferry materials and personnel. Few other aircraft of the day could meet the wartime distance and load requirements. Able to carry 74 passengers and a crew of 10, the four-engine Model 314 was the largest passenger airliner of its time. The Clipper's 74 seats converted into 40 bunks for overnight travelers. See: LAKE WASHINGTON

F3B-01 - 1920's ERA

F3B-1 could be used either with landing gear or with a single float. The F3B-1's ailerons and tail surfaces used an entirely new method of semimonocoque, all-metal construction in which added stiffness was provided by a corrugated covering. In this type of construction, a metal skin is stretched over a light frame. Semimonocoque construction proved so satisfactory that it was used for all subsequent Boeing biplane fighters. In all other respects, the F3B-1 was a conventional design with a metal tubular frame, built-up wood wing spars and plywood ribs, and a fabric covering.

A 1966 View