Stainless Steel Seaplane — Budd BB-1 Pioneer
39° 57′ 31″ N / 75° 10′ 21″ W
The rare Budd BB-1 Pioneer is exhibited in the elements on the front grounds of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia PA. But this is one exhibit not to be concerned of regarding deterioration since the Budd Company’s unique characteristic is construction design using stainless steel. Yes, this amphibious seaplane was built using highly corrosion resistant stainless steel.
The design is obviously inspired by Savoia-Marchetti as well as Sikorsky seaplanes. Power was provided by the 210 hp 5-cylinder Kinner C-5 radial reciprocating engine mounted on the top wing. The Pioneer first flew in 1931 and was relegated to display status in 1934 at the Franklin Institute which is also in the Budd Company’s home town of Philadelphia PA.