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The Stratocruiser & Stratoliner Remembered by Haywire Custom Guitars

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The Stratocruiser & Stratoliner Remembered by Haywire Custom Guitars


Model 377 Stratocruiser Commercial Transport

Because, the enclosed is an excerpt from a History Snapshot at and from Boeing.

We try and remember how names of  things come to be…..and who  claims credit.

“After World War II, Boeing reentered the commercial market finally,with a new long-range airliner, the Stratocruiser (Model 377). It was the first Boeing commercial transport since the Stratoliner, and like its military counterpart, the C-97, was based on the B-29 Bomber. It possessed all the speed and technical improvements available to bombers at the end of the war.

We try and remember how names of  things come to be.

For this reason, Fender found this name appealing as a product…

The Stratocruiser set a new standard for luxurious air travel.  Its tastefully decorated due to extra-wide passenger cabin and also gold-appointed dressing rooms. A circular staircase led to a lower deck beverage lounge Furthermore, flight attendants prepared hot meals for 50 to 100 people in a state-of-the-art galley. As a sleeper, the Stratocruiser was equipped with 28 upper-and-lower bunk units.
Pan American placed the first order for 20 Stratocruisers. It was worth $24 million, and they began service between San Francisco, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1949. Boeing built 56 Stratocruisers between 1947 and 1950. The airplane marked the company’s first significant success selling passenger planes to airlines in other countries.

..and who  claims credit

During the early 1960s, Aero Space Lines ballooned the Stratocruiser’s fuselage. It turned into a whale-like shape to carry spacecraft sections. Nine of the variants were assembled. The first was called the “Pregnant Guppy,” followed by five larger “Superguppies” and three smaller “Miniguppies.”  Think about it-Where did Fender come up with the name Stratocaster? Here? Of, Course!
First flight July 8, 1947
Model number 377
Classification Commercial transport
Span 141 feet 3 inches
Length 110 feet 4 inches
Gross weight 145,000 pounds
Top speed 375 mph
Cruising speed 300 mph
Range 4,600 miles
Ceiling More than 33,000 feet
Power Four 3,500-horsepower P&W R-4360 Wasp Major engines
Accommodation 55 to 100 passengers and attendants

About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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