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User currently offlineJWM SkyTrans From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 765 times:

Hi-
What's a Boeing 720? Is it like the 707? Do they still operate them? Has anyone ever been on one?

Ciao-- Jack

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User currently offlineNYC Int'l From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 766 times:

The B720 was a smaller version of the B707, It was designed to be used at smaller airports with smaller runways and pax loads. I am not at all sure but I think that UA was the first operator. I know that Pan Am operated them as well; although briefly. The B720 was quickly dumped after the 727 arrived. It was called B720 because UA did not want customers to here 707-X as (Boeing was planning to call it) and think that they were boarding an inferior type of B707.

User currently offlineJetstream 61 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 766 times:

As NYC Int'l has stated the 720 was a smaller version of the 707. You may have heard 707 Astrojet. This is what American used to refer to the 720 so as not to confuse the customers.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1685 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 766 times:
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Most airlines operated the Boeing 720B, which was the fan-jet version, but Eastern had the Boeing 720. Theirs were never converted to fans.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineChris From Canada, joined May 1999, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 766 times:

In answer to your other question- I don't believe any 720s are still flying. Although there may be a few private ones in use. One of the last operators was MEA who used them up till the 1990s. Chris

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