old iron wrote:The famous roll was done with the prototype 707, now at Udvar-Hazy (NASM Smithsonian).
More formally known as the model 367-80
but even better known as the "Dash 80
It rolled out of the Boeing Renton factory on May 15, 1954 and the famous 1G barrel roll was done at about 1,000 ft over Lake Washington on August 6, 1955 during the Seattle Seafair hydroplane races.
Boy, I sure would have loved to have seen that! (But it happened several years before I was born....)
But as to the original topic at hand, the efforts going into restoring and preserving 747 no. 001 is both amazing and appreciated by many I'm sure. My folks currently live in Seattle and graciously sent me an article about it from the Seattle newspaper. One of coolest aspects of the restoration as far as I'm concerned is the fact that the interior is being restored to original flight test configuration complete with test gear and no or very little upholstery, trim, etc. Wires and plumbing are all exposed. One thing it mentioned about which I was not so sure is that the exterior was recently repainted to help seal up the airplane against the weather, but it was not sprayed on, they used rollers!