Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and No.2 "Mallard"

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Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and No.2 "Mallard"

Postby flyernzl » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:19 am

You may be aware that the first aircraft constructed by Bill Boeing (and partner Westervelt) at Lake Union, Seattle were two floatplanes powered by 125hp Hall Scott A-5 motors.
These were Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and Boeing & Westervelt No.2 "Mallard".
First flown in 1916, the pair were sold to the NZ Flying School Ltd., Kohimaramara, New Zealand and arrived at Auckland on board the RMS 'Niagara' 12Oct18.
"Bluebill' was first flown in NZ in January 1919 and set a NZ height record of 6500ft on 25Jan19.
"Mallard" was first flown in NZ mid-1919.
Both were used on pioneering flights in New Zealand until 1924, and there subsequent fate has remained something of a mystery.
Several efforts have been made over the years to trace their remains, and this is is documented at a website
http://www.thehijackofboeingone.com/ind ... allery.htm

On this website is a copy of a letter written in 1959 by pioneer aviator George Bolt who flew these two aircraft during their active life, this makes interesting reading.

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Re: Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and No.2 "Mallard"

Postby TASSE » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:19 pm

Thank you for an interesting post.

The two aircraft were taken on by the U.S.Navy before going to New Zealand. Here is a photo of one of them.

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In 1966 Boeing built a flying replica to commemorate their 50th anniversary - it had longer floats, a larger fin and modern instruments etc. See below.

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Re: Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and No.2 "Mallard"

Postby MrWidgeon » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:23 am

Here's a picture of one of the B & Ws I recently found on a NZ website.

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Boeing B & W seaplane of the New Zealand Flying School at Kohimarama.
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Re: Boeing & Westervelt No.1 "Bluebill" and No.2 "Mallard"

Postby flyernzl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:25 am

That looks slightly odd.

I suspect that its 'of Kohimarama' but not 'at Kohimarama'
The background is not right.
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