JAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
This is one of my favorite planes. 47 yrs later it is a real classic and respected by many . This is one design that still looks modern and elegant almost 50 yrs after it began commercial service. The nose and fuslage cross section still survives on the 737 today.
GeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1082 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
Halloween evening, Oct. 31, 1958, I was eight years old and out trick or treating, when I heard this unbelievable screaming roar coming from down the street. I looked up, and there was this magnificent, huge jet airplane, all white, with a big blue dot on the tail, flying low and banking slightly left. Black smoke was pouring out of the four engines. I remember dropping my bag of goodies as I just stared at it until it went out of sight. It would be decades later before I learned that I was observing one of the first Pan Am flights out of Paris, returning home to Idlewild, probably heading onto 12R. Actually, it had to be runway 12, since the "new" runway that paralleled Elmont Road hadn't been built yet.
Needless to say, my dad bought me an Aurora plastic model of a PA Boeing 707 for me to build the next day.
In my humble opinion, the B707 was and still is the most magnificent aircraft in the skies, bar none. Perhaps the wings are a bit to fat by today's standards, but nothing matches those lines. (Only the 340 comes close!)
"Trust, but verify!" An old Russian proverb, quoted often by a modern American hero
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2441 times:
Yes, the 707!!! Great airplane! The 707 was for many years a common sight in LIS airport. TAP used 12 707's from 1965 till 1989 - the first 7 ones from CS-TBA until CS-TBG - were fresh from Seattle, 707-382B's. Latter TAP got 5 more 2nd. hand ones, 2 707-399C's - CS-TBH and CS-TBI - both used in combi configuration, 1 707-373C - CS-TBJ - that used firstly in combi but latter was full cargo, and finnally 2 ex: Portuguese Air Force 707-3F5C's - CS-TBT and CS-TBU - both also combi's but CS-TBU during one season was allcargo configurated.
Personally I was lucky enough to fly 3 times the 707, 2 with TAP and 1 with Varig. Here goes the details:
TheCheese From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2408 times:
My mom was telling me the other day about when she and my dad were just married, living on the hill overlooking Renton airport, when her friend Marge (a riveter at Boeing) called her up to tell her to go look outside.
There it was, Pan Am's first 707, taking off from Renton to fly over to Boeing Field for finishing.
Startknob From Germany, joined May 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
Thank you, 707 - you were and are a great aircraft. When you came out you was simply the best - and stayed that for years and years. You set standards for decades and even up to today you live on in the fuselage construction of 727s, 737s and even 737NGs. Great design, great perforance, simply a great plane.
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RC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
Quoting GeorgiaAME (Reply 3): In my humble opinion, the B707 was and still is the most magnificent aircraft in the skies, bar none. Perhaps the wings are a bit to fat by today's standards, but nothing matches those lines. (Only the 340 comes close!)
Couldn't agree more - the 340 often strikes me as what a scaled-up 707
might look like.
DAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2178 times:
I spotted a 707 in a private livery at Regean National last year. Had to be one of the most beautifull sights for me last year and perhaps all time. Everyone went to the windows to see the plane as it taxied by. I do not know who it belonged to.