411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
Actually, the B707 was the first jet aeroplane that could carry more fuel (weight) than the airframe empty weight (-300 series).
In addition, as I have personally operated the 707 to FL410...it goes just slightly higher than 36,000ft.
BOAC (now BA) operated the first LAX-LHR flights with the 707 'round about 1962. Also AirFrance operated LAX-ORY at about the same time.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
It's too difficult to compare the 707 with the 777! But I would like to see the 777 beeing compared with the DC-8-62 or the 747SP, those where great ultra-range airliners, the 707 was not a long-ranger, the 720B was better than the 707.
I think air transportation evoluted a lot in these past few years, what I like in the 777 is that we can handle passengers like the old Classic 747's with only 2 engines, that a great achievement.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1113 times:
According to my figures the 707-320C had a range with max payload of 4.300 mls ( 6.920 Kms ) and the 720B had a range with max payload of 4.110mls ( 6.450 kms ). So it's not just a big diference betwen both. About flying ATH-HOU in 707 non stop, that doesn't mean you have a bigger range, that means that the pilot really saved a lot of fuel flying in a great flight level and flying a very economical speed!!! You know, you could actually fly a CV990 from USA to Austria without making a tech-stop? Yes!!!! And the CV990 had a range of just 3.800 mls ( 6.115 kms )! The 720B had the same wing of a 707 with less payload, so that why it was used in special long routes where less passengers and less payload was needed. Boeing was very wise because they used the 720 to catch clients and letter offer them the longer 707, look at airlines like Ethiopian, AA, Saudia, El Al, Avianca, Aer Lingus, Northwest..... they started with the 720 and latter evoluted to the 707, brains, brains in Boeing!
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 995 times:
I took this information from an old book written by William Green & Gordon Swanborough, so I'm not just throwing numbers up in the sky. Now can you please give me the numbers you have so we can compare? Also please explain me what's "no fillet flaps", because I don't understand that!
411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 916 times:
Do a search about fillet flaps for the 707, you may even be able to see them on a photo on this web site.
A little project for you. Have a look at the fuel capacity of the 707-320B and compare this to the fuel capacity of the 720B. Figure 12,000 pounds/hr for the 707 and 10,000 pounds/hr fuel burn for the 720B, do the math and see what you come up with.
Its OK to ask questions, but you have to do a little work as well, if you want the answers. Nobody ever said that aviation was easy.
Areopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1364 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 865 times:
The 720B wing is NOT the same as the 707 (no fillet flaps on the 720).
My understanding was that the KC-135, 707-120, and 720 used the same wing, which had a straight trailing edge, whereas the intercontinental 707-320 had a new (or heavily revised) wing with a bend in the trailing edge which added area inboard.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 862 times:
Please explain me what you mean by "Nobody ever said that aviation was easy", because for for me aviation is an hobby, I like to receive more and more information from people that is willing to give it. If you really are what you are you should at least try to help those that know less than you. I've really good friends that have the same job that you here in Portugal, true gentlemans people that started flying with TAP/Air Portugal since 1945 and everytime I wanted to know a little bit more about aviation they where really happy to give all the details and clear all the doubts I had. I think you came from a different school!!!
thanks and I will not bother you again, I'll get the information from people that think " Aviation is easy"!
411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 805 times:
Your information is quite correct, clearly you have done your homework...top of the class to you Sir! In addition, leading edge devices were different, some full span, some not. In addition, one particular 707 model was shorter than even a 720, do you know which one? Hint, Qantas operated same.
Those that do not want to invest just a little effort (CV990?) will find aviation a tad harder than they expected. That's life, some realise, some don't.