Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Stratoliner 307 Christened
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May 27, 1940 brought Mrs. Robert H. Hinckley, wife of the charman of the Civil Aeronautics Authority to Bolling Field, Washington. She clipped a strand of colored ribbon officially releasing Boeing no. 402 for flight. Over 100,000 excited onlookers were on hand over three days to inspect the TWA Stratoliner, and to witness this momentous occasion that launched above the clouds flying, a new first in airline history. Many high praises went to TWA's executive and engineering staff for being the first to adopt the aircraft for domestic service. Jack Frye must have been especially proud of this great acheivement.