Ulfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 317 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5342 times:
Was reading the internal Boeing news service and they mentioned that 50 years ago today the first production 707 flew. According the the article that first flight piloted by Tex Johnston was only 7 minutes long because bad weather moved in and he is quoted as saying "We never fly a plane under instrument conditions until it has at least 30 minutes in the air."
Interesting article. I especially like the picture of the Pan Am 707 and Model 377 in flight together.
Sorry now pure web form that I could find here is a link to the PDF available from Boeing Frontiers Magazine:
Danimarroquin From Colombia, joined Jan 2005, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5059 times:
talking about the 707 I have a Q . Skymaster and BETA cargo the only cargo carriers in the world that still operate the 707 ? any plans for retairment and how many do they have ? also , I is there still a airline that operates pax with the 707?
HBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 282 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5016 times:
Quoting Danimarroquin (Reply 4): Skymaster and BETA cargo the only cargo carriers in the world that still operate the 707 ? any plans for retairment and how many do they have ? also , I is there still a airline that operates pax with the 707?
I think it is possible to fly on Argentina's LADE to a couple of destinations (Ushuaia among them?) as a passenger.
Sudan Airways seem to have one airworthy freighter as well...
Wow, 50 years, that's golden marriage anniversary!
Hope some of them survive much longer...
Cheers, and a hearty toast to the designers of the 707,
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
I think Honeywell B720B based in PHX should still be in flying condition. The P&W Canada had two B720B's but it looks that they are being replaced by a 757!
Now, back to the 707/720 I saw many of them in LIS and other airports in Europe. I cannot forget those airlines that were common in LIS, the first of course TAP with 12 of them, then we had TW, PA, DT and RG that flew regularly to LIS. We also had the hey days of some flag airlines from Europe that operated the 707 to LIS, I talking about AF, LH and BTours! When last week I saw these 3 707's the sound of those engines, specially the Angola one was just a "deja vu" feeling for me! I had the chance to fly 3 707's; PP-VJH from LIS to AMS in September 1980, CS-TBC from LHR to LIS on September 1982 and last time CS-TBG from GVA to LIS in January 1983.
Viasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1904 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4574 times:
Wow 50 years is a long time. And there is still a single airline, which operate this nice plane on passenger flights.
But, there are very hard rumors that Saha Air will shut-down it's operation at the Persian new year (Nowruz). So only about three months that a Boeing 707 operate pax services.
Okay B707-lovers.... go to Iran and fly the B707 for the last time! I will also go to Tehran in February only to fly the B707 (it's the first time for me). Well, Iran is not the typical touristic destination in the world, but if you like to fly the B707 you MUST go to Iran.