WORTH A SECOND GLANCE
postcards are produced from manufacturer-issued photographs a pattern of
regularly used backgrounds often emerges. When Vickers/BAC were building at
Bournemouth/Hurn, south coast coastal views often appeared, while the buildings
at their Weybridge site often appear as backgrounds of both of these types + the
VC-10. But the Boeing company has used
two sites as regular photographic backgrounds for many years – these are
Boeing Field, Renton, near Seattle
and the volcano which forms a background to that city, Mt Ranier.
Mount Ranier is such a standard backdrop that it appears many times on
airline-issue cards of Boeing customers. According to a recently- heard speaker
from Ryanair, this practice now extends to offering a Boeing-made video as an
optional extra in any fleet purchase package – for which Boeing will only
change an extra $15,000. Needless to say Ryanair got one of their crew to fly
his own plane as a camera-ship and shot theirs somewhere over Ireland – no
mountain. The following cards shows the
prototype 707 over the volcano on a Dutch-issue card.
The Boeing B-9 bomber – card by real Photographs of Liverpool is one of the earlier examples of its use
Aerolineas Argentinas 747-200 is one of many airline-issue appearances
Field was the site of the original Boeing Factory and is still a narrow-body
production site. On the east side, the
ground rises quite steeply in a wooded bank with a railway line running along
1930s terminal from when the field had scheduled services is also on that side.
On the west side is the Boeing plant and the Museum of Flight.
Although not a promoted feature in the way that Boeing have used Mt
Ranier, the wooded skyline is an easily recognizable feature on other Boeing
take off and landing views, as well as shots of the flight line.
Shown is an early model B-17 landing from the South
and a Lufthansa 707 landing from the North with the wooded slope in the
background. (Mary Jayne card MJ350)