Commercial Aviation: the Venerable Boeing 707, Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT®

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About the Boeing 707

The Boeing company recognized early on the value of powering a civil airliner with turbo jets. In August 1952 Boeing gambeled close to $16 million to build a prototype. For secrecy purposes the first 707 was designated the 367-80, and became known as the Dash Eighty. The Dash Eighty was rolled out on May 14, 1954 and first flew on 15 July 1954. The initial aircraft off the production line were military KC-135A flight refueling tanker/transports.

Only a short time elapsed before commercial versions were built, a flood of orders from airlines all over the world being sparked off by a large contract placed by Pan American. Production centered around two major series, the 707-120 medium-range versions for up to 181 passengers, and 707-320 long-range versions for 189 to more than 200 passengers.

From the start the 707 had accommodation for approximately four times as many passengers as the original British de Havilland Comet 1, as well as a considerably higher maximum speed. This, combined with a temporary setback to the British aircraft, helped establish the 707 in world-wide service. A Pan American 707 first flew revune service on October 26,1958 and went on to inaugurate the first round the world jet passenger service on October 10,1959.

Continual preassure from Douglas Aircraft with their DC-8 kept the Boeing engineers on their toes. Douglas had the advantage of starting the design of the DC-8 a few years after the 707 and thus was able to utelize new technologies such as the more powerful jet engines and aerodynamic designs.

This original Boeing 707 was followed by a whole family of 707 passenger and cargo variants, with different lengths and weights, and turbofan power. The passenger carrying 707-320B and passenger/cargo 707-320C models were still in production in 1977. Also developed was the short-to-medium-range varient known as the Boeing 720 or, with turbofans, 720B. By the end of October 1976, 920 Boeing 707s and 720s of all models had been ordered, and they had flown more than 30 million hours and carried just under 522 million passengers.

By the spring of 1977 total sales of the 707 stood at 920, operating in every continent of the world. Production of this airliner finaly came to a stop in the autumn of 1980.

The 707 continues service around the world and the military versions will continue flying well into the 21st century. I still get nostalgic when i see one of those aluminum birds fly. Thank-you Boeing for such vision and determination. :-)
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