Boeing Model S-307 (PAA-307) Stratoliner, NASM, Drawings

Collection ID:
Boeing Airplane Company
bulk 1930s
Physical Description:
1.4 Cubic feet
(19 tubes)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 19 tubes of 18 by 24 inch drawings, that appears to be printed from microfilm provided by Boeing to Bob Stubbs for the initial restoration work on NASM's Boeing 307.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
First flown in late 1938, the Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner was the first airliner with a pressurized fuselage. It could carry 33 passengers in great comfort and cruise at 6,096 meters (20,000 feet), while maintaining a cabin pressure of 2,438 meters (8,000 feet). This enabled the Stratoliner to fly above most bad weather, thereby providing a faster and smoother ride. The Stratoliner incorporated the wings, tail, and engines of the Boeing B-17C bomber. The wide fuselage was fitted with sleeper berths and reclining seats. Ten Stratoliners were built. The prototype was lost in an accident, but five were delivered to TWA and three were purchased by Pan American Airways (PAA). TWA owner Howard Hughes purchased a heavily modified version for his personal use. The National Air and Space Museum's Boeing 307 was flown by PAA as the Clipper Flying Cloud. Former PAA Flight engineer Bob Stubb started refurbishing the aircraft and was responsible for doing much of the initial work and fundraising (mostly donations from PAA retirees) to start the restoration. Later, Boeing took over the project and decided to restore the aircraft to flying condition, which they completed in 2001. The restored aircraft was delivered to NASM in August of 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
David Stubbs, Gift, 2017

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Boeing Model S-307 (PAA-307) Stratoliner, NASM, Drawings, Accession 2017-0039, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

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Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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