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Check Six: First Flight – Boeing 367–80 – 65 years ago

July 15, 2019

From the This Day in Aviation website

In tanker configuration, the Boeing 367-80 refuels a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. | click to enlarge

15 July 1954: At 2:14 p.m., Boeing test pilots Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston and lifted off from Renton Field, south of Seattle, Washington, on the first flight of the Boeing 367-80, FAA registration N70700, a prototype military air tanker and commercial airliner. For the next 2 hours, 24 minutes they performed high- and low-speed handling tests before landing at Boeing Field, Seattle. When Johnston was asked how the “Dash 80” flew, he replied, “She flew like a bird, only faster.”

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