eadc8
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707 Anniversary Today

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:41 pm

47 years ago today, on October 26, 1958, Pan Am flew it's first scheduled 707 passenger flight from New York to Paris in 8 hours and 41 minutes.


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JAM747
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:53 pm

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.
 
eha
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:58 pm

Quoting JAM747 (Reply 1):
This is one of my favorite planes. 47 yrs later it is a real classic and respected by many

More than a classic. It made the commercial aviation business enter a new era, like the Super Constellation did before to name a few other great A/C.

E.
 
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 5:57 am

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!)
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CV990
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:32 am

Hi!

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:

1st. Flight

Date: 1980/09/02
Airline: RG
Airplane: 707-320C
Registration: PP-VJH
Flight: LIS/AMS
Duration of flight: 2:50 minutes


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2nd. Flight

Date: 1982/09/17
Airline: TP
Airplane: 707-382B
Registration: CS-TBC
Flight: LHR/LIS
Duration of flight: 2:25 minutes


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3rd. Flight

Date: 1983/01/03
Airline: TP
Airplane: 707-382B
Registration: CS-TBG
Flight: GVA/LIS
Duration of flight: 2:15 minutes


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I have a great respect for the 707 and I'm glad it still flies, not a lot but still it's possible to see it!
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TheCheese
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:56 am

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.

The first flight of a 707, ever.
 
startknob
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 8:59 am

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.
Congrats,
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:17 pm

Great Aircraft.How time flies.
Congrats.
regds
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himmat01
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:48 pm

I always wanted to fly on a B707 but was never able to. Once when I was a kid my dad had booked me non-rev on AI BOM-SIN but I could not board because the flight was over booked.

Not flying on B707 is the biggest regret of my life. The only consolation is that I was lucky enough to see it from the inside at AI Mx.
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RC135U
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:41 pm

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.
 
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RE: 707 Anniversary Today

Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:51 pm

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.
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