Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769)


Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769) by Francis Reynolds 1970 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Boeing B&W 1916. Scale model float biplane for radio control, with 60 power.

Quote: "This 60-powered R/C version of Boeing's first aircraft is convertible float/land plane. And it's aerobatic! Boeing B&W 1916, by Francis Reynolds.

THE Boeing Company has a brand-new airplane flying around Seattle these days. So what's new about that? A glance at the specifications tells the story: Wing span 52 ft, length 27 ft 6 in, wing area 580 sq ft, gross weight 3,200 lb, top speed, 78 mph, cruise 67 mph; range 120 miles.

It's a flying replica, built in 1966 to modern standards, of the original Boeing airplane which first flew in 1916. Two were made then - and sold to the New Zealand Flying School - but the new one isn't for sale. It was built to commemorate the 50 years of progress which have seen Boeing grow from 21 men working in an old boathouse on Lake Union in Seattle, to the world's Largest aerospace firm.

And it flies. Oh, man, does it fly! The Federal Aviation Agency attests the fact - they've licensed it for experimental exhibition use, within glide range of water. The first two were not FAA certificated because there wasn't any FAA then.

When, over 50 years ago. William E Boeing became interested in 'aeroplanes' he teamed up with a man named Westerveldt and they designed and built the 'Boeing and Westerveldt.' This B&W was the first Boeing airplane.

The Seattle area has many lakes and bays, and the Boeing 'factory' was on Lake Union in those days, so a seaplane was a natural. It flew in a number of air shows since, and now rests in the Seattle Aeronautical Museum.

My objective was to make a rugged, practical, good-performing model, with scale appearance a secondary goal. I had no particular thoughts of competing in scale events, so I made a number of moderate changes. Since completing the model, however, I have entered it in three competitions and won a first, a third and a second in spite of the deviations from scale.

If you are a purist or a scale competitor you may wish to revert to the original lines shown in the small three-view drawing. I know it flies well as presented. I don't know how it would fly if built to the scale lines, so you are on your own. You would certainly have to weight the nose to keep the CG forward if you go to scale nose-moment arm.

The nature and approximate magnitude of the deviations from true 1/8 scale follow: Wing spans and area, reduced 10%; stab span, increased 10%; fin height, increased 17%; nose-moment arm, increased 27%; airfoil changed from RAF No.6 to 17% symmetrical; floats, lines changed slightly to make them easier to build, and float length increased 3%.

Boeing's 1966 replica of the B&W used small wheels attached to the floats for field use, but the 1916 B&W had floats only. The short nose of the B&W combined with a far-forward CG requirement presents a problem..."

Quote: "Steve, Sorry for the low-rez here, it's scanned from the magazine which is white line on black back. Thanks to Irfanview for the tool to invert the scan to black on white. It's a nice plane by Francis Reynolds, who later did an interesting column for Model Builder Magazine. The foam floats were somewhat forward thinking on his part. Scale RC biplane, .60 power, 72in span, 1/8 scale, 7-8 pounds all up weight. It's historical in that it was Boeing's first aircraft. 2 were built and a replica was built in the late 60s to mark the 50th anniversary. So now we double that and near the 100 year mark. She has a decidedly 'Jenny-ish' look about her. Francis designed a few interesting aircraft, but they were published in MB so you will have to get them from the AMA."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 09/05/2016: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy at 400 dpi, thanks to JJ.

Supplementary file notes

Previous scan version.


Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769) by Francis Reynolds 1970 - model pic

  • (oz6769)
    Boeing BW 1916
    by Francis Reynolds
    from American Aircraft Modeler
    March 1970 
    72in span
    Scale IC R/C Biplane Floatplane
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 23/06/2015
    Filesize: 1759KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: dfritzke, JJ
    Downloads: 2829

  • Boeing_Model_1 | help
    see Wikipedia | search Outerzone
    Test link:
    search RCLibrary 3views (opens in new window)

    ScaleType: This (oz6769) is a scale plan. Where possible we link scale plans to Wikipedia, using a text string called ScaleType.

    If we got this right, you now have a couple of direct links (above) to 1. see the Wikipedia page, and 2. search Oz for more plans of this type. If we didn't, then see below.

    ScaleType is formed from the last part of the Wikipedia page address, which here is
    Wikipedia page addresses may well change over time.
    For more obscure types, there currently will be no Wiki page found. We tag these cases as ScaleType = NotFound. These will change over time.
    Corrections? Use the correction form to tell us the new/better ScaleType link we should be using. Thanks.

Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769) by Francis Reynolds 1970 - pic 003.jpg
Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769) by Francis Reynolds 1970 - pic 004.jpg
Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769) by Francis Reynolds 1970 - pic 005.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email

User comments

Hi Steve, I just wanted to add some interesting info. The information on the B & W is correct as far as it goes. These 2 planes were made of wood. wire and linen. Interesting for a Usage Class of Seaplane. But further, the 2 planes were named Boeing Model 1. And each airframe received its own name as the first was named Bluebill and the second airframe was named Mallard. I can only assume those are the ducks on Union Lake. This is so interesting because it is the beginning of the Boeing Co as we know it. Take the time to read the Wiki on the Boeing Model 1. Thank you for all your work and I have now found a Fully Scale Model that really want to build on a large scale.
anon - 05/09/2018
Add a comment



Download File(s):
  • Boeing BW 1916 (oz6769)
  • Plan File Filesize: 1759KB Filename: Boeing_BW_1916_oz6769.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 2063KB Filename: Boeing_BW_1916_oz6769_article.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 509KB Filename: Boeing_BW_1916_oz6769_previous.pdf
  • help with downloads


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2024.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.