Boeing 929

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Jetfoil 929-115-020 "Princesse Stephanie" of RMT
Jetfoil 929-100-007 Urzela of TurboJET
Jetfoil 929-115-019 Niji of Tokai Kisen

The Boeing 929 Jetfoil is the name for a passenger-carrying waterjet-propelled hydrofoil design by Boeing.

Boeing began adapting many systems used in jet airplanes for hydrofoils. Robert Bateman led development. Boeing launched its first passenger-carrying waterjet-propelled hydrofoil in April 1974. It could carry from 167 to 400 passengers. It was based on the same technology pioneered by the patrol hydrofoil Tucumcari, and used some of the same technology used in the Pegasus class military patrol hydrofoils. Currently this product line is sold to the Japanese company Kawasaki Heavy Industries.[1]

Design and development[edit]

Boeing launched three Jetfoil 929-100 hydrofoils that were acquired in 1975 for service in the Hawaiian Islands, which was operated by a Honolulu-based operator Seaflite Inc. Seaflight operated 3 Boeing Jetfoils between 1975 to the company's demise in 1979. When the service ended the three hydrofoils were acquired by Far East Hydrofoil (now TurboJET) for service between Hong Kong and Macau.[2] About two dozen Boeing Jetfoils saw service in Hong Kong-Macau, Japan, South Korea, the English Channel, the Canary Islands, the Korea Strait, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

In 1979, the Royal Navy purchased a Boeing Jetfoil, HMS Speedy, to provide the Royal Navy with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the operation and support of a modern hydrofoil, to establish technical and performance characteristics, and to assess the capability of a hydrofoil in the Fishery Protection Squadron.[3]

In 1980 B&I shipping lines opened a Jetfoil service from Dublin to Liverpool with the jetfoil Cú Na Mara (Hound of the Sea). The service was not a success and the service was discontinued at the end of the 1981 season.[4]

In North America, the Boeing Jetfoil saw regularly scheduled service between Seattle, Washington and Victoria, British Columbia during the summer tourist season of 1980. Leased from Boeing, a single Jetfoil, the Flying Princess, was operated by the non-profit Flying Princess Transportation Corp., with the close co-operation and assistance of the B.C. Steamship Company.[5][6] Regularly scheduled service ran from Seattle to Victoria to Vancouver from April to September, 1985, by Island Jetfoil. Boeing reclaimed the Island Jetfoil boat and sold it for service in Japan.[7]

Fleet[edit]

Built by Boeing Marine Systems in Renton, Washington[edit]

Hull Type Original name Original operator Delivery Disposition (2012) 2nd name 2nd operator 3rd name 3rd operator 4th name 4th operator 5th name 5th operator
№ 1 929-100 Jetfoil One Boeing Marine Systems Jul 1974 Inactive (possibly retired) 1975 Kalakaua Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp. 1978 Flores Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 2 929-100 Madeira Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong Feb 1975 Active
№ 3 929-100 Kamehameha Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp. Mar 1975 Active 1978 Corvo Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong Hijet Miraejet Co. Ltd.
№ 4 929-100 Kuhio Seaflite Pacific Sea Trsp. Sep 1975 Active 1978 Pico Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 5 929-100 Santa Maria Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong Jun 1975 Active
№ 6 929-100 Anita Dan J.Lauritzen Seaflight Oct 1976 Inactive (possibly retired) 1977 Jet Caribe Turismo Margarita 1979 Sao Jorge Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 7 929-100 Flying Princess P&O Jet Ferries Sep 1976 Active 1980 Princesa Voladora Trasmediterranea 1981 Urzela Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 8 929-100 Jet Oriente Turismo Margarita Feb 1977 Active 1978 Jet Caribe II - 1979 Acores Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong KobeE II Miraejet Co. Ltd. KobeE III -
№ 9 929-100 Okesa Sado Kisen Feb 1977 Active Guia Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 10 929-100 Flying Princess II P&O Jet Ferries Jul 1978 Active Ponte Delgada Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong KobeE V Miraejet Co. Ltd.
№ 11 929-115 Mikado Sado Kisen 1979 Active 2003 Toppy 4 Tane Yaku Jetfoils Toppy 7 -
№ 12 929-115 Normandy Princess Jetlink Ferries Ltd. Feb 1979 Active 1980 Terceira Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 13 929-115 Jet Ferry One P&O Jet Ferries Sep 1979 Active 1982 Funchal Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 14 929-115 HMS Speedy Royal Navy Jan 1979 Active 1982 Speedy Princess - Lilau Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 15 929-115 Cú Na Mara B&I Line 1980 Active 1982 Ginga Sado Kisen
№ 16 929-115 Jet Ferry Two P&O Jet Ferries Apr 1980 Active 1982 Horta Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 17 929-115 Montevideo Jet Alimar S.A. Argentinia Oct 1980 Active 1981 Aries Boeing Marine Systems 1985 Spirit Of Friendship Island Jetfoil Co. Canada 1987 Jet 7 Jet Line Kansai Kisen 2000 Seven Island Ai Tokai Kisen Co.
№ 18 929-115 Princesa Guyarmina Trasmediterranea Feb 1981 Active 1991 Cacilhas Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 19 929-115 Princesse Clementine RMT Belgium Apr 1981 Active 1998 Adler Blizzard Adler Schiffe GmbH & Co 2001 Seajet Kara Seajets.com 2002 Seven Island Niji Tokai Kisen Co.
№ 20 929-115 Princesse Stephanie RMT Belgium Jun 1981 Active 1998 Adler Wizzard Adler Schiffe GmbH & Co 2001 Seajet Kristen Seajets.com 2002 Seven Island Yume Tokai Kisen Co.
№ 21 929-115 Princesa Guacimara Trasmediterranea Sep 1981 Active 1990 Taipa Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong
№ 22 929-115 Bima Samudera I PT Pelni Indonesia Nov 1981 2001 laid-up in Surabaya
№ 23 929-115 Prince Abdul Aziz II Saudi Royal Yacht 1984 Active Rocket 2 Cosmo Line - Tane Yaku Jetfoils
№ 24 929-119 Bima Samudera II Indonesian Marine Jul 1984 1984 laid-up in Surabaya
№ 25 929-119 Bima Samudera III Indonesian Marine 1985 1985 laid-up in Surabaya
№ 26 929-117 Jet 8 Jet Line Kansai Kisen 1985 Active 1996 Falcon Sado Kisen 2000 Venus 2 Kyushu Yusen
№ 27 929-120 Bima Samudera IV Indonesian Marine uncompleted 1985 laid-up in Surabaya shipyard
№ 28 929-120 Bima Samudera V Indonesian Marine uncompleted 1985 laid-up in Surabaya shipyard

Built under license by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. in Kobe, Japan[edit]

Hull Type Original Name Original Operator Delivery Disposition (2012) 2nd name 2nd operator 3rd Name 3rd operator
№ 1 929-117 Tsubasa Sado Kisen Mar 1998 Active
№ 2 929-117 Pegasus Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd. Jun 1989 Active Toppy 1 Tane Yaku Jetfoils
№ 3 929-117 Toppy 1 Tane Yaku Jetfoils Sep 1989 Active Beetle 3 JR Kyushu Jet Ferries
№ 4 929-117 Princess Dacil Trasmediterranea Mar 1990 Active Pegasus Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.
№ 5 929-117 Nagasaki JR Kyushu Jet Ferries Apr 1990 Active Beetle 1 JR Kyushu Jet Ferries
№ 6 929-117 Beetle JR Kyushu Jet Ferries Jul 1990 Active Rocket Cosmo Line Rocket 3 Tane Yaku Jetfoils
№ 7 929-117 Unicorn Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd. Oct 1990 Active Pegasus 2 Kyusyu Shosen Co. Ltd.
№ 8 929-117 Beetle 2 JR Kyushu Jet Ferries Feb 1991 Active
№ 9 929-117 Venus Kyushu Yusen Mar 1991 Active
№ 10 929-117 Suisei Sado Kisen Apr 1991 Active
№ 11 929-117 Princess Teguise Trasmediterranea Jun 1991 Active 2007 Toppy 5 Tane Yaku Jetfoils
№ 12 929-117 Toppy 2 Tane Yaku Jetfoils Apr 1992 Active
№ 13 929-117 Toppy 3 Tane Yaku Jetfoils Mar 1995 Active
№ 14 929-117 Crystal Wing Kaijo Access Co. Jun 1994 Active 2002 Beetle 5 JR Kyushu Jet Ferries
№ 15 929-117 Emerald Wing Kaijo Access Co. Jun 1994 Active 2004 Rocket 1 Cosmo Line - Tane Yaku Jetfoil

Built under license by Shanghai Simno Marine Ltd. CSSC, China[edit]

Hull Type Original name Original operator Delivery Disposition (2012) 2nd name 2nd operator
№ 1 30-101 Balsa Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong 1994 Inactive - -
№ 2 30-101 Praia Far East Hydrofoil / TurboJET Hong Kong 1995 Active KobeE Miraejet Co. Ltd.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.boeing.com/history/boeing/hydro.html Boeing history page
  2. ^ "www.classicfastferries.com/cff/pdf/cff_2004_2.pdf?bcsi_scan_A4C9E8056B19D97F=0&bcsi_scan_filename=cff_2004_2.pdf" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "TRIS Online: THE EVALUATION OF THE HYDROFOIL HMS SPEEDY". "HMS SPEEDY was procured in 1979 to provide the Royal Navy with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the operation and support of a modern hydrofoil, to establish technical and performance characteristics, and to assess the capability of a hydrofoil in the UK 'Offshore Tapestry' role. The present paper describes the operational and technical evaluation of HMS SPEEDY undertaken in 1980-82, and outlines the results obtained." 
  4. ^ "A History of Roll on". 
  5. ^ HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "Princess Marguerite I, II, and III: Three Historic Vessels" (by Daryl C. McClary), http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=7478 Accessed December 11, 2006.
  6. ^ "http://www.leg.bc.ca/HANSARD/32nd2nd/32p_02s_800703p.htm#03135". 
  7. ^ Lane, Polly (October 22, 1997). "Hydrofoil Comeback Proposed". The Seattle Times. 
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