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After a six-year restoration, a 1940-vintage Stratoliner crashed into Elliott Bay in March 2002. The aircraft is shown at left after the crash, partially submerged along the West Seattle shore. The Stratoliner, which was the world's first pressurized passenger plane, has now been nearly restored again. This summer it will be flown to Washington, D.C., and donated to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for display at Washington Dulles International Airport. Yesterday, workers started installing the landing gear and engines. Above, Mike Carpenter of Boeing's Aircraft on Ground repair team replaces an engine fairing.