[Military aircraft and airliners, Washington State, circa 1930s-1940s]


[Military aircraft and airliners, Washington State, circa 1930s-1940s]


Film footage of military aircraft and airliners, Washington State, circa 1937-1938. This footage is comprised of several short clips of the Boeing XB-15, Boeing Y1B-17, and various airliners. Identified aircraft include:

00:00:10 - U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing XB-15 taxiing at Boeing Field
00:01:08 - Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats at Lake Washington (Washington)
00:01:52 - United Air Lines Douglas DC-3 "Mainliner" aircraft, possibly at Boeing Field
00:02:08 - Passenger boarding a Lockheed airliner, possibly a Model 10 Electra
00:02:12 - United Air Lines Boeing 247 at Boeing Field
00:02:32 - U.S. Army Air Corps Boeing Y1B-17 parked near a Boeing hangar
00:02:49 - Beech B17L Staggerwing (tail number NC14455) parked outside a Northwest Air Service hangar, possibly at Boeing Field
00:03:00 - Boeing 314 Clipper prototype (tail number NX18601) on the Duwamish River near Plant One

Passengers, flight attendants, and flight and ground crew are featured in a few shots. Other scenes include a brief aerial view filmed from an unidentified aircraft in flight and shot of a streetcar advertising the Seattle-King County Chapter of the Red Cross.

The footage is in black-and-white and is silent. The first part of the film is affected by some brown spots of discoloration and jittery movement.

Label on film container: "Boeing B-314 Flying Boats, XB-15, XB-17, DC-3, B-247."


1937-1938 circa


1 film reel (4 min., 28 sec.) : silent, black and white ; 8 mm


Bibliographic Citation

The Harry R. Mankins Film Collection/The Museum of Flight



Collection Organization