747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4240 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8635 times:
I know the 707 is a old jet, but I really like them. When I was a child, I asked my father why there was not that many 707 flying, and he told me the the 747 replaced them. I remember watching the movie Airport and I just hearing those JT3-D start up and spool up for taxi was one of my favorite part of the movie. The I believe the 707 was the second aircraft to use JT3-D ( TF-33) and they have B-52H style engine cowl. If it was not for the 707 the 727, 737 and 747 would not have been built. Also the 707 was the first jetliner build by the company who built the Statocrusier. If you like 737 and BAe-146/RJ-100-80, how could not like 707 it is a mixer of both, because look's a stretch 737 body with four engines. These are the reason like about these these old jets.
What are yours?
PS: In another post some body said the 707 looked like a flying Audrey Hepburn, I would really like to hear from him.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 8618 times:
It's simply a classic - and a robust one at that.
I was absolutely thrilled when I got my chance to fly on one close to ten years ago: 5 November 1996 saw me sitting in one of the Business Class seats of Air Zimbabwe's Z-WKU, built in 1965, for the relatively short hop from Victoria Falls to Harare... but it's a flight I'll remember for years to come.
747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4240 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 8603 times:
Another thing I like about the Boeing is you can not go wrong with an engine on them. The Boeing 707 320B JT3-D has a great sound, and even though the 707 700 (or military model like E-3 KE-3A or E-6 Mercury) CFM-56 do not have the great sound like the 320B JT3-D, they look a whole lot better.
No, no, the 737 looks like a stubby 707 with two engines.
What's not to like about the 707? At one time, if you were booked on a 707, you were really going somewhere. New York, London, Paris, Tokyo. Think of the proportions. Was anything else designed as well? Sleek, powerful, almost looking like it was about to take off just sitting there.
And let's not forget the groovy oval ceiling lights!
SA707 From South Africa, joined Jul 2006, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8584 times:
Without doubt the sleekest, most beautiful tube on earth!!! DC-8 was for me the ugliest!!! The flying bug bit me on my first flight ever at the age of seven. Qantas MRU-JNB in JUL 1968 when my parents immigated to South Africa from Mauritius. Second time was in May 1976 when my folks bought me a round trip for my 15th B/day on SAA. DUR-PLZ-CPT on B727-144, CPT-JNB on B707-344 and JNB-DUR on B737-144. Loved those screeching engines, exhausts and long, sleek body. A real sturdy aircraft.
EWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8532 times:
It's sleek and graceful (a la Audrey H.) with lots of power and it must have been done right because a lot of elements have been carried over to today's Boeing products. Of the early jets, the 707 is my absolute favorite, but I the VC10 gets an honorable mention.
JetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2724 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8522 times:
The forward pointing antenna at the top of the tail, the slim line nacelles of the P&W JT3 / RR Conway, the perfect proportions of the fuselage, the gracious sweep of the wing, the inlets and housings for the turbo-compressors, it all magically combines to form one of the most gracefully sleek and stylishly simple shapes in the sky, a truly timeless design classic.