Philadelphia Public Art

The Pioneer

The Pioneer
Budd Company, 1931 (renovated 1969)
* actual airplane
* inscription:
First stainless steel airplane built in 1931 by the Edward G. Budd Manufacturing Company of Phila. to demonstrate the practicality of its "shotweld" process of fabricating stainless steel subsequently employed by the Budd Co. in building heavyweight railroad trains. The Pioneer was flown approximately 1,000 hours in the United Staes and Europe.
* In front of the Franklin Institute. Southwest corner, 20th and Winter and the Parkway.
* 39.958490,-75.172440 [map]
* On the Parkway and Pennsylvania tour
* See also:'s Budd Company page
+The Franklin Institute Science Museum