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Chicago-London First Non-Stop  
User currently offlineB741 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 716 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3547 times:

When was the first Chicago-London non-stop. Was it TWA 707 in 1959?

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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3270 times:

TWA scheduled a 1649 nonstop in 1959, but it seems they didn't fly a 707 nonstop until 1962 or maybe later. In 8/63 they flew nonstop to Paris but not London.

I'll check on PA, but I think TW was first.

User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

I sent a mail to Ohare Airport in Chicago and asked them but they did not have a answer. "Ask London!" was their friendly reply! So i will do that.

User currently offlineSpeedbirdHeavy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

I first flew on a TWA 707 from ORD-LHR in 1966.

I was only about 8 months old.

Hope that helps.

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User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

I think that TWA had the first ORD-LHR nonstop (BA flew via Montreal I think) that was introduced in 1958 or 1959......the flight was then operated with Super Constellations; jet service followed in late 1960 or 1961.

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

I know BOAC, now British, flew DTW to London with a stop somewhere in between using prop, then a Britania, then 707. After going to pure jet, the intercontinental version, the route was then non-stop. The time frame here is late 50's to early 60's. If they flew into DTW, they must of flew to ORD. I need to crack open some of my old timetables and check this out. Pan Am is also a real possibility. By the way, BOAC also used VC-10's into DTW and ORD at some periods of time. I saw them at both airports.

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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Looks like PA was the first jet nonstop-- they show the eastbound as a nonstop in 7/60. Their timetables don't say whether it was a 707 or DC-8.

User currently offlineTan flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

you might check with the fine old timers at the Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Mo....lots of ex-TWA employees working on restoring and maintaining several ex-TWA propliners including a Super -G Connie.

I had the chance to spend about an hour there several weeks ago..the fine folks are eager to share lots of stories with anyone stopping in. many of them were with TWA from the end of WW II or the early 50's. Its worth the visit.

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