Duke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1165 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3335 times:
The Boeing "367-80" was the famous prototype for the 707/720 mainly civil transport and for the 717/739 (KC-135) military transport/tanker. The thing that confuses me is that "Boeing 707" was written on its tail at one point (and it still has this in the Smithsonian museum), so I'm wondering, was this just for marketing purposes? I don't think it's correct to consider it a real 707 because it was a rough developmental airplane for both the 707/720 and the 717/739, with different upper fuselage lobe widths than the 707, and not included in the line numbers of the 707. Is there therefore any logic other than sentimentality in including the 367-80 with the 707, if the KC-135 is not? (I'm asking because some people do it and I think it's incorrect).
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3267 times:
I personally have noticed this too and have come to the conclusion that if you remember the 367-80 was barrel-rolled over Lake Washington and it was heard around the world. So for all intents and purposes it may have been something for marketing in saying, "Look, when you buy a 707 you are buying a strong, reliable aircraft that the people have come to know and love".
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3220 times:
Maybe its size.The dash 80 is surrounded by other priceless aircraft and they have to fit into the hanger at dulles.Ive been there twice and the dash 80 looks quite small-maybe the prototype was the only type small enough for the museum?
BTW,i would LOVE to see if airbus tries to barrel-roll their A380
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8137 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2816 times:
The reason why the 707 prototype was called the Dash 80 was the fact to preserve secrecy during prototype construction, Boeing designated the prototype 367-80, 367 essentially being a model number for the Stratocruiser.
Mind you, it was going to be called Boeing 707 when the plane's registration number was N70700.