|Quoting timz (Reply 3):|
Don't think anyone flew TYO-LAX nonstop with the 707 until Varig started it... 1980s? As I recall the OAG said it was nonstop both ways.
Their July 1971 timetable doesn't indicate any stops, and eastbound likely wasn't a problem with usual tailwinds (they show block time 9:55 eastbound), but note the westbound schedule. Block time is 13:30 which is longer than any 707 nonstops I can recall. My guess is they allowed time for a fuel stop at ANC
which was likely common, and on those occasions when they were able to do it nonstop, they arrived a couple of hours early. The 3.5 hr stop at LAX
westbound probably would also have allowed for an ANC
stop in that direction without affecting the LAX
My first transpacific flight, YVR
on a CP
DC-8-63 around 1971/72, made an unscheduled fuel stop at ANC
due to winds, and YVR
is about 700 nm shorter than LAX
. If they wanted to carry much cargo, ANC
stops were common westbound in those days. Even my first transpacific 747 flight on a CP
a couple of years later, also made a fuel stop at ANC
, with arrival HND
about an hour late.