On October 1938, the first Boeing 314 Clipper was flown From it's home berth at Mathews Beach, Washington on Lake Washington, to Eagle Harbor in the town of Winslow, Washington. Now in its final three tail configuration, the aircraft would be hauled out of the water by workers of the Winslow Marine Railways and Ship Building Co. for it's final weighing before the CAA started their testing. Weighing was critical to the success of the Boeing 314 program. If the aircraft was as little as 2% over the specified empty weight, Pan Am could have demanded a reduced purchase price, or even cancelled the order. The actual weight was within 50 pounds of the target weight of 52,000 lb.
The painting depicts the Clipper passing close by the art deco streamlined ferry M/V Kalakala, bound for Bremerton Washington. The upper lines of the Kalakala were in large part designed by laid off Boeing model maker Louis Proctor, who would go on to create models of the 314 for Boeing.
*This painting is available for purchase. Acrylic on gessoboard. Painting size in inches: 24 x 30. Contact the artist by the phone number listed on this site. Reference "Clipper, Winslow Bound."
Prints are available through his website by clicking the "add to cart" navigation button. Print size in inches: 16 x 20 on 18 x 22 paper.
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