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Boeing 6 / B-1
 
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The Boeing Model 6, also known as the B-1 was a small biplane flying boat designed by William Boeing shortly after World War I. The Model 6 was the first commercial design for Boeing (as opposed to military or experimental designs), hence the B-1 designation. Its layout was conventional for its day, with a Hall-Scott engine driving a pusher propeller mounted amongst the cabane struts. The pilot sat in an open cockpit at the bow, and up to two passengers could be carried in a second open cockpit behind the first. The hull was laminated wood veneer, and the wing frames were spruce and plywood. The design was reminiscent of the Curtiss HS-2L that Boeing had been building under license during the war.
 
Only a single aircraft was built, first flying on 27 December 1919, as Boeing had trouble selling it in a market flooded with war-surplus aircraft. In 1920, it was purchased by Edward Hubbard, who used it to carry air mail between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia. Air mail service began on 27 December 1919, and continued for eight years. The B-1 mail flights took off from Lake Union in Seattle. It outlasted six engines in eight years of international airmail runs between Seattle, Wash., and Victoria, British Columbia. Flown by Eddie Hubbard, the B-1 covered 350,000 miles (563,000 kilometers).

 

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The plane flew until 1930 before being preserved and put on display at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry in 1954.
 
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Model 6 on display at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle


 

 

Engine: 1 × Hall-Scott L-6, 200 hp (149 kW) 6 or 400-hp Liberty
Wingspan: 50 ft 3 in (15.32 m)
Wing area: 492 ft2 (45.7 m2)
Length: 31 ft 3 in (9.53 m)
Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.06 m)
Empty weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
Gross weight: 3,850 lb (1,746 kg)
Maximum speed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
Cruise speed: 80 mph (128 km/h)
Range: 400 miles (640 km)
Service ceiling: 13,300 ft (4,050 m)
Crew: one pilot
Capacity: 2 passengers
 
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