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Boeing Model 95

Model 95
Role Cargo plane
Manufacturer Boeing
First flight 29 December 1928
Primary users Boeing Air Transport
Honduran Air Force
Number built 25

The Boeing Model 95 was a cargo plane built by Boeing in the United States in the late 1920s to supplement the Boeing Model 40s being used on their airmail routes. While the Model 95 was of the same general configuration as the Model 40, it was considerably larger, and was optimised for carrying freight instead of passengers alongside the mail. The fuselage was of far more advanced construction than its predecessor, building on what Boeing had learned about all-metal fuselages while developing the P-12 and F4B fighters.

At least one Boeing 95 was used by the Honduran Air Force as a bomber. Another Model 95 took part in Boeing-arranged inflight refuelling demonstrations in 1929 but was unsuccessful in two attempts to fly a round-trip across the continental United States without landing.

Variants

  • Model 95 - standard production version

Operators

 Honduras
 United States

Specifications (Model 95)

Data from Boeing Aircraft since 1916[1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 31 ft 11 in (9.73 m)
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 3 in (13.49 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 1 in (3.68 m)
  • Wing area: 490 sq ft (46 m2)
  • Airfoil: Boeing 109/106[2]
  • Empty weight: 3,196 lb (1,450 kg)
  • Gross weight: 5,840 lb (2,649 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1690 Hornet 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 525 hp (391 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 142 mph (229 km/h; 123 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (104 kn; 193 km/h)
  • Range: 520 mi (452 nmi; 837 km)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,877 m)
  • Rate of climb: 950 ft/min (4.8 m/s)

Accidents and incidents

  • On January 10, 1930, a Western Air Express Boeing Air Transport Boeing 95 "NC420E",while flying the US mail on CAM 4 routing from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City crashed in fog and snow south of Cedar City, UT. The pilot, Maury Graham, survived the crash but died while attempting to hike out. He and the aircraft were found five months later.
  • On May 24, 1931, a Pacific Air Transport Boeing 95, registration NC397E, crashed into a mountain near Bellefonte, Pennsylvania in poor visibility, killing the pilot.

References

  1. ^ Bowers 1989, p. 149.
  2. ^ Bowers 1989, p. 146.
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