United Air Lines
377 Stratocruiser NC31231
In 1949, United acquired a fleet of seven
Boeing Stratocruisers, specifically for the Hawaii to main-
land routes. Passengers loved them - they were fitted with a full
cocktail bar aft. This was the last
(delivered in January of 1950) and was named "Mainliner Kano".
Unfortunately for UAL,
magnificent airliners were costly to operate and only profitable on
long international segments.
As a result, the
fleet was sold to BOAC in 1954, this one becoming
G-ANUC. The nice color
image below is from the
William T. Larkins collection, and may depict the ill fated N31230 which
San Francisco Bay on 9 December 1951 after stalling during crew