Mr Monkey spotted two more impressive Seattle icons. Hanging from the ceiling was the B-1 seaplane, the first civilian plane sold by the Boeing company. It covered 350,000 miles in 8 years and six engines, delivering mail between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia. Round a corner, Mr Monkey found a hydroplane called Slo-mo-shun IV. On June 26 1950 this boat averaged 160.3235 mph in two runs on Lake Washington, breaking the world water speed record of the time by 19 mph.
You can read about the seaplane at the Boeing website and about the hydroplane at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum website.
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