Both TWA and Pan Am used their domestically until the early 1980's.
I'm not sure of the exact day, but I remember it made NBC news when TWA fles their last 707 flight, JFK
. Some of the passengers had no idea what kind of plane they were on, others were a bit nostalgic and remembered the history of the aircraft.
Pan Am's last 707 flight was a charter flight, N881PA, on January 26, 1981, MSY
. One last flight of a Pan Am 707 flight occured with N880PA, on October 26, 1983, as "Clipper America" flew New York and Le Bourget airport on the 25th anniversary of the first Pan Am transatlantic jet flight. Pan Am even managed to locate a few of the passengers from that original flight to celebrate that milestone. Sadly, the 707-121 that performed that first flight, N711PA had already been scrapped by that time.
Avianca was operating 707's into the early 1990's. Sadly, an ex-Pan Am model crashed on approach to JFK
after running out of fuel.
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