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First 707 Flew 50 Years Ago Today (12/20)

Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:19 pm

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

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RE: First 707 Flew 50 Years Ago Today (12/20)

Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:35 pm

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!

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RE: First 707 Flew 50 Years Ago Today (12/20)

Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:45 pm



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!

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