In writing this, I realize that there will likely be two groups of readers: those for whom this topic has no special significance, and those who are as fascinated by this picture and this plane as I am.
Ever since seeing this photo in the database today, I am thinking of nothing else. I feel as though a piece of intangible history has been pulled out from under the sands of time, thanks to the completely unique phenomenon of a JT4A-powered, 1st-generation "707 Intercontinental" actually taking off in the year 2003. The date alone would mean that this aircraft is at least 40 years old; the last -420 series (and remember, the -420 was the RR
-Conway-powered model) rolled out in 1963; later birds were JT3D-powered and had the updated wing.
Again, I'll repeat what I wrote earlier: This photograph is historically significant.
It is fair to say that never in my life did I expect to see a JT4A-powered 707 flying past the 1980s.
That said, I have on occasion wondered why it is that it should be so strange; after all, we have Lockheed Electras and Convair 580s - granted, turboprops - dating back to the 1950s that are still flying today. So, why not one of the most significant airliners in the history of passenger jet travel - a model type that broke onto the scene in the very pioneering days of trans-continental passenger jet travel?
Thank you, Jeroen, thank you, and once more - THANK YOU!!!
May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.