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The Cosmic Muffin

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by TheFlyingTurkey, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. TheFlyingTurkey

    TheFlyingTurkey Fetus Worshiper

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    I like planes, boats and Jimmy Buffett, so this seemed pretty cool to me...:yar:

    This Boeing 307 Stratoliner was originally owned by Howard Hughes who acquired the plane in 1939 as part of his purchase of TWA. The 307 was the world’s first commercial pressurized aircraft that was a variant of the B-17 Flying Fortress. Only ten were built in the late 1930s as production was discontinued by government order at the outbreak of World War II in September 1939.

    Destined for the scrap heap, the 307 was rescued by Fort Lauderdale Realtor and pilot Kenneth London in 1969. Unable to make the plane airworthy again, he cut the wings and tail off, trucked the remaining fuselage to a nearby marina and spent the next four years converting the four-engined airliner into a sleek and uniquely sensational motor yacht.

    The “plane-boat” featured twin V-8 inboards incorporating the original aircraft cockpit controls that were used to fly the plane, propelling the vessel over 20 mph. Electrical, plumbing, sanitation and air conditioning systems were installed along with a new interior that included restored chairs and bar.

    The boat was bought by Dave Drimmer in 1981 and extensively remodeled and rebuilt after he discovered the original hull was barely keeping the plane fuselage afloat. He later named it the Cosmic Muffin after publication of Jimmy Buffett’s novel Where is Joe Merchant?

    Boeing has restored the only other remaining 307 Stratoliner to flying condition for the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

    While cruising Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River on a sailboat sea trial in 1992, Jimmy Buffett discovered the strange looking boat made from an airplane. Being a seaplane pilot the vessel attracted his notice and struck an inspirational chord. After researching its past, he wrote the plane-boat into his first novel, a No. 1 best seller, Where Is Joe Merchant?.
    Buffett also wrote a delightful song referring to the Cosmic Muffin on his Banana Wind CD titled “Desdemona’s Building A Rocket Ship.”

    I have seen this 307 myself many times while walking along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Pretty cool!

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  2. frog_flyer

    frog_flyer FredFlyer

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    that is SWEET!!!

    anyone have pics of oldies being turned into diners/restaurants/houses/bars/etc?
     
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    BobDDuck Gone whale watching...

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    I just finished reading Where is Joe Merchant yesterday. Goofy book, but pretty well written. I didn't realize that boat was based on a real boat/plane.
     
  5. TheFlyingTurkey

    TheFlyingTurkey Fetus Worshiper

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    I don't know which came first, Jimmy's story or the guy naming the boat "Cosmic Muffin". But who cares, it's still pretty cool.
     

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