If there’s a certain cachet for being first in a field, there’s also the risk of being outmoded by the second entrant in that field.
The Boeing 247 airliner set a standard when it first flew on Feb. 8, 1933. An obvious replacement for the trimotored airliners then in service, the 247 built upon Boeing’s pioneering aluminum airframe work with the earlier single-engine Monomail transport and twin-engine B-9 bomber.
The 247 was the first American low-wing multi-engine transport. It set the tone for airliners to follow.[Read more…]