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If It Ain’t Boeing – I Ain’t Going. The Iconic Boeing 707 Story

If it ain’t Boeing – I ain’t going is quite a bold statement. However, consider the context at the time. This was the beginning of the jet age – with the de Havilland Comet becoming a synonym for “mid-air explosion”, the Boeing 707 came at the right time. Douglas and SUD were lagging behind and introduced their DC-8 and Caravelle jet aircraft a year later than the 707. The Tupolev Tu-104 was behind the iron curtain. Because of this, it had no chance to impact anything culturally outside the… ( More...

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Brad Littlejohn 7
All I'm gonna say is..

That barrel roll...
bentwing60 3
All I'm gonna say is.. 'Tex Johnson' came from the same school of aeronautics 'Bob Hoover' did!
sparkie624 3
Yes.... In my book, you will never find any 2 better pilots who really understand and become 1 with the plane... No disrespect intended to anyone, but those 2 were special standouts!
This, "One of the most important facts to know is that Boeing risked everything with the new 707. It was literally a make it or break it situation. The current Boeing company president at the time, William Allen, committed $16 million to develop 367-80. The money was everything that the company had earned after the war. So, if the 367 was a bust – the company would go bust as well."

This is a different company from today's Boeing.
bentwing60 2
A modicum of homework would reveal that 'The iconic 747' was every bit a bet the bank scenario for Boeing that the 707 was. They didn't even have a known core powerplant when it was in gestation, and, like the 707, the launch customer was 'The iconic Pan Am'. So far they have built and sold nearly twice as many! Source, "politipedia", a future amazon company.
stratofan 4
The 707 aka "Stratojet" was quite the game-changer, especially considering the risk for the company. The 787 Dreamliner was a risk as well but seems to be paying off considering the savings in time and operating cost savings for airlines that have them. Regarding the 737MAX, I would have np qualms flying on one simply because it will be the most scrutinized airliner in the air. Don't forget naysayers, in the end you cannot depend on the automation for everything. You still have to fly the d***ed airplane!
chalet 2
Pan Am had the fortune to hire the most famous pre-WWII pilot in the world Charles Lindberg to scout for landing sites both on solid ground and on the water on most continents, his wife came along in some of these trips. This was a forethought that eventually allowed Pa Am to be a worldwide acclaimed and successful airline.
matt jensen 1
We flew a Braniff 707 from ORD-SAT in the 60s bringing new airmen to basic training base there. Sixteen weeks later we flew them to Edwards to join others going overseas.
Julius Thompson 1
As Straofan says, "Regarding the 737MAX, I would have np qualms flying on one simply because it will be the most scrutinized airliner in the air", I agree with him/her, the MAX would be the safest aircraft flying today after all the tests and updates it has gone through!!
sparkie624 1
Same here.. No problems with them... One thing that is highly overlooked in my opinion is that both crashes which is listed as the cause were on a/c that only had 1 AOA Vane... All US Airliners must have 2 AOA Vanes. That accident could not have happened on a Dual AOA Vane A/C. It would have been listed as a comparator error or fault.
Chris B 1
I flew in a Comet 4C as a child.

Never in a 707.
paul trubits 1
It was LOUD
sparkie624 1
Does anyone know if they ever installed "Hush Kits" on the 707's like they did the 727's?
MultiComm 1
I though hush kits were mandatory as noise abatements were implemented. Or was that only for new productions and others were grandfathered in?
hal pushpak 1
Never flew in a Comet 4. Must have been cool. I was a passenger in several Caravelles -- such a beautiful and quiet airplane, with RR Avon engines.

Flew 707's many times as a young man. The ones with Conways were screamers while the P&W's were thunderers. Loved them both.
William Reading -1
It’s going to be a while before I even consider setting foot on a 737MAX. Times have definitely changed.


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