Philadelphia Public Art @philart.net
1931 (renovated 1969)
* actual airplane
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:
+wikipedia.org's Budd Company page
+The Franklin Institute Science Museum