Transcontinental & Western Air Boeing 307
Stratoliner NC1940 (c/n 1998)
Of the ten pressurized
Stratoliners built, TWA had five of them (six if you include Howard
private one) and were the only
airline to use them on domestic revenue passenger scheduled services.
(PanAm did operate theirs briefly out of Miami, but
I suspect they were pretty much all "proving flights").
inaugurated transcontinental service with their 307s on 8 July,
1940. Unfortunately it was rather
short-lived since they were all impressed into US military service (as
the C-75) when war broke out at
the end of 1941. TWA were
largely responsible for the design work which went into this aircraft,
been involved, through their test
pilot Tommy Tomlinson, with high altitude flight for many years previous
to its debut. Seen above is NC1940. This aircraft was built
as NC19906 but the registration was
changed to NC1940, the year of its introduction, for publicity
purposes. Seen below is a rare shot
from the Mike Sparkman collection of the aircraft
used by Howard Hughes (NC19904) . It is seen
carrying Trans World titling. It was damaged in a hurricane and
later used as a houseboat.
the foot of the page is a photo from the John Cilio collection of
the cabin of a TWA Stratoliner.
Note curtained-off private "rooms".