Happy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2293 times:
I came across this pic here at Airliners.net and thought it was pretty amazing that one of the oldest series of 707's was still flying as late as 1993. Most airlines seem to have gotten rid of theirs ages ago.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4431 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2257 times:
Check current statuses of all 707s (search for 1**B) on the 707-file you can retrieve on the airliner-list website http://people.a2000.nl/sverb.
It aren't many but when you don't use it much and overhaul it, you can still fly 1959 vintage 120Bs. Some VIP planes are still around, for instance.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Southflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2206 times:
There is only one B707-120B still in active service, a B707-123B(F) still flying around somewhere in Africa as 3D-ADK (Swaziland rego). It was originally American's N7585A (1967). It was spotted in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this year.
There are also three B707-138Bs still flying, one of which is John Travolta's personal aircraft ... it's just been repainted with blue stripes and is now Stage 3-compliant. Remember, though, that the -138 was a shorter version of the -120 and it was only bought by Qantas of Australia (13 aircraft). At least another three of these aircraft are still extant in storage.
There are also five B720s still in operation, three of which serve as engine testbeds. The B720 fuselage length falls inbetween that of the B707-120 and the B707-138.