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Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Fri Jun 24, 2022 8:54 pm

What are the little dots on the fuselage forward of the forward door and above the general window line? Windows? Skylights? Something else?







It doesn't appear in all photos of the 720. Thanks for any information!
 
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77west
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Fri Jun 24, 2022 9:35 pm

Looks like static ports or pitots or something similar, not windows.
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sat Jun 25, 2022 12:53 am

Those are windows in the forward lavs. American had them in their 720s and early 707s.
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sat Jun 25, 2022 2:04 am

Thanks again CrewBunk. I found a photo of an American Airlines 707 with those two lavatory windows. I think it is clear from that photo that they are little windows. Thanks again. I never noticed that in the 707 before.

 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sat Jun 25, 2022 3:12 am

It was unique to American’s aircraft.

The windows were on all the 720s and early 707-123/123Bs. The later -123Bs and all -323B/Cs didn’t have them.

When the First Class cabins of some aircraft were shortened, one of the forward lavs was converted to a carry-on luggage closet. During that conversion, the windows were blanked out. The pictures of the planes you found would have been sold from American before that conversion was done.
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sat Jun 25, 2022 3:47 am

What use did these windows in the forward lavatory serve?
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:03 pm

tmu101 wrote:
What use did these windows in the forward lavatory serve?


I suppose. so you can enjoy the view while, um...
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:41 am

77west wrote:
tmu101 wrote:
What use did these windows in the forward lavatory serve?


I suppose. so you can enjoy the view while, um...


Just like the A220!
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:17 am

These windows weren’t like the ones in today’s lavs. They were very small and at an awkward angle. Even standing, one couldn’t look out. (The Electra was the same).

I would guess the only purpose was to let in natural light.
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Sun Jun 26, 2022 6:16 pm

Some details do matter after all. Tall people must have been able to look out while it could have helped others to avoid claustrophobia. One is never too old to learn about the Boeing 720.
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Mon Jul 04, 2022 11:04 am

It was also pretty common on the soviet airliners of that time to have windows on the lavatory ceiling to let natural daylight in.
Can be seen here above the engines:



 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Mon Jul 04, 2022 5:27 pm

trijetsonly wrote:
It was also pretty common on the soviet airliners of that time to have windows on the lavatory ceiling to let natural daylight in.
Can be seen here above the engines:






At 1:40 in this video, the person recording visits those aft LAVs and shows the view from the window. It’s a great view!!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KRRg-xISFLM
 
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Re: Pair of very tiny windows on the Boeing 720?

Tue Jul 05, 2022 12:46 pm

SK MD90's also had windows in the fwd khazi, great view , with blinds as well incase you just HAD to go prior to push.(of the aircraft).

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