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First 707 Flew 50 Years Ago Today (12/20)  
User currently offlineUlfinator From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 317 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 5258 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:

http://www.boeing.com/news/frontiers/i_history.pdf

[Edited 2007-12-20 14:20:52]

[Edited 2007-12-20 14:21:11]

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User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 hours ago) and read 5231 times:
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Important day for Boeing then, would have been nice to have the 787 out today aswell, I thought there would be a bit of a fanfare around this.

Here's to another 50 years of great jets from Boeing!

Fred


User currently offlineLightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13520 posts, RR: 100
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 hours ago) and read 5165 times:
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Quoting Flipdewaf (Reply 1):
Important day for Boeing then, would have been nice to have the 787 out today aswell, I thought there would be a bit of a fanfare around this.

I thought they would have had the 787 participating too (to show the delta in technology).  spit 

Ok, a want a link to the beer guzzling smilie!

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4988 times:



Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 2):
Ok, a want a link to the beer guzzling smilie!

Looks more like a plastic cup full of Pepsi Big grin

The 707 was a great plane and brings back a lot of nostalgic memories.....it got me hooked on aviation and was my favorite plane for the better part of my childhood..... smile 


User currently offlineDanimarroquin From Colombia, joined Jan 2005, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4975 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?

User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4957 times:



Quoting Danimarroquin (Reply 4):
also , I is there still a airline that operates pax with the 707?

I think there's one in Iran.....


User currently offlineHBIHLtoEZE From Switzerland, joined Aug 2004, 282 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4932 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,

HBIHL



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

So of the very limited operation of the 707 today, which s the oldest? Do we have it in the database?


What gets measured gets done.
User currently offline747Dreamlifter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4905 times:

"Happy Birthday"....Boeing 707 - Dash 80  birthday 

Look where we've come in 50 years.....and it all basically started with this airplane.

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Congratulations to the Boeing Team  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4900 times:

Hi!

Sorry guys but I just saw a few days ago THREE 707's landing at LIS airport!!!


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I cannot complain...very pleased!!! I'll be back to this topic in a few moments...I need to pick my daughter now from kindgarden!!!
Regards


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

A Great Start to a Fantastic Series.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4711 times:

Around 60 still flying according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Boeing_707_operators
As for other 1st generation jets,
Not flying?
B720
Caravelle
Convair 880
Comet
Tu-104, Tu-124
Flying?
DC-8


User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Still not many Airplanes Faster or can fly farther than good Ole 707 !!!!!!!  Smile

User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4616 times:
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Quoting 747Dreamlifter (Reply 8):
Look where we've come in 50 years.....and it all basically started with this airplane.

Yes we are still building variations of the tube with wings theme. Boeing clearly got it right with that one.

Fred


User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4599 times:



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 11):
B720

I don't know about that------seems to me like United Technologies/ Pratt&Whitney still has an airworthy 720B, that used to base at TUS.



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User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4595 times:

Hi!

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.
Regards


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8034 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Revolutionary as the original Dash 80 prototype was, the 707's basic design owed everything to this plane:



The B-47's highly-aerodynamic design with thin, sweptback wings and podded engine mounting inspired the design of the 707.


User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4524 times:



Quoting CV990 (Reply 15):
I think Honeywell B720B

Thankyou! Thats the one I was trying to remember!



"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
User currently offlineViasa From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 1898 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (6 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4490 times:

Wow 50 years is a long time. And there is still a single airline, which operate this nice plane on passenger flights.

Saha Air

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.

I heard that it's better when you travel in a group than as a single person (we are 3 people). You can also book a special weekend with Airevents, I think it is a very interesting offer (4x B707): http://www.airevents.de/product_info...h=2_23&products_id=158&language=en

Martial

[Edited 2007-12-22 09:05:52]

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