747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4216 posts, RR: 2 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7625 times:
When I think of the two greatest jetliners Boeing ever built, these two queens of the sky's, come to mind. They both started a new era of air travel, they both was used heavily by Pan Am and TWA and they both was Air Force One. For me it has to be a 747 because of it's looks and size. When ever I see a 747 I think I am looking at a beautiful piece of art. Do not get me wrong I am a big 707 fan also. I think it is a treat to see a 707 when I get a chance. I love how you can hear there loud JT3's for miles, but even the military CFM56 power 707 look good, they do not sound as good as the JT3 powered 707 but they do look better. Now when it come to strength I have to give it to the 707, because of two accident. The first one that come to mind was when a TWA 707 that collided with a Eastern Constellation. I believe the 707 was able to land safely, while the Constellation crash landed on a hill side. The other accident was when a Pan Am 707 flying the SFO-HNL route, wing caught fire. The planes was able to land at SFO with half it's wing gone, yes the 707 is a flying Armour tank. So which one do you like?
LawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7609 times:
I would choose a 707 over a 744, but I can't help but love the classic 747's, the 742 being my favourite. To me the 742 just has so much character that many other jetliners dont have (except for the tri-jets of course ).
I would say I prefer a 742 over a 707 even though the 707 is a huge landmark in aviation history.
747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7535 times:
Quoting AirCop (Reply 5): 747 v. 707 its like apples and oranges, two different types of planes. What impresses me about the 747 is the sheer size, the 707 the look of speed even while its parked.
Actually they are the same type of plane just different generation. When Boeing saw that they could not design the 707 to be any larger, Boeing looked at there entry for a giant USAF cargo jet ( which Lockheed won with the C-5 Galaxy) to make a new high capacity jet liner to replaces the 707. This new giant jetliner became the 747. So in a way they are the same type of plane, long range flagships for Boeing and Pan Am they was just design in different generation.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7438 times:
I have two ways to answer this topic, first will be watching and spotting the airplane and no doubt the 707 was a great airplane to watch, it was a delight seeing those airplanes, and for me the highest point would be when I could see those "diesel" ones.....and I actually had the chance to see a good bunch of them, I think my highlights were those 100 turbojet versions of TEA from Belgium that used to come in the summer to LIS, but I also remember seeing a Geminair 707-400 and a few 707-300F's! I still can listen in my head the noise of those old smokers. The turbofan ones were also fun, but those were more regular...TAP had a bunch of them and RG also flew a lot of them to LIS. The other way to answer the topic would be when you have to talk about flying, I flew both types too, the 707-300B and C and I also flew the 747-100/200/400. My best memory was my first flight when I flew from LIS to AMS on a RG 707-300C, PP-VJH, we took-off from runway 36 ( now 35...) and it was just incredible the power and the climbing of the plane...and to even remember better we had one of the best meals I had in my life, RG was famours for having one of the best services in the world and it was infact like that.....we flew economy and I was offered hot towels before linch, menu etc. etc. just fantastic! I think the 747 is also a very confortable airplane to fly but the 707 was I would day "different"!