Friday, September 5, 2008

The Jet Age - Boeing 707 and 720 Airliners

The 707 is a four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. Boeing delivered a total of 1,010 Boeing 707s, which dominated passenger air transport in the 1960s and remained common through the 1970s. Boeing also offered a smaller, faster version of the aircraft that was marketed as the Boeing 720.

Although it was not the first commercial jet in service (that distinction belongs to the de Havilland Comet), the 707 was the first to be commercially successful, and is credited as ushering in the Jet Age.

The 707 and 720 (also the USAF variants, C-135 & KC-135 airplanes) were based on the aircraft known as the 367-80. The "Dash 80" took less than two years from project launch in 1952 to rollout on May 14th, 1954 for a cost of $16 million.

The original 367-80 prototype aka "Dash 80" inshrined at the Smithsonian Institute Air & Space Museum.

American Airlines Boeing 720-023B - Port Columbus International Airport - Columbus, Ohio - June 1967

Braniff International Airways Boeing 707-138B - Love Field Airport - Dallas, Texas - July 1970

Continental Airlines Boeing 720-024B - Stapleton International Airport - Denver, Colorado - July 1967

Western Airlines Boeing 707-347C - Lindbergh Field (SD Intl Airport) - San Diego, California - July 1970

For more great pictures of the Boeing 707 or 720 and many other airplanes, please visit Airliners.Net the "Wings of the Web".


Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I love the 707, it embodies USA and the start of the Jet Age! Beautiful aircraft, thanks for the great post!

Richard Harrison said...

N70700 is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Great post, love the vintage planes, but don't forget, the 707--along with the Interstates killed the trains.

just a thought.

ray p.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Tim: I know you like these planes, they are without doubt my favorite.

Richard: Thanks for stopping by. Very much appreciated.

Ray: LOL... Yes that is true, but I can't help myself. These are beauties and the first jet liner I ever flew on.

walterworld said...

Always loved the classic jet liners, and the 707 was certainly the daddy of them all. What a fine piece of American engineering!

I can remember how fun it was to go to the airport as a boy and stare out onto the tarmac and watch the planes come and go; this post brings back a lot of those memories.

Of course, your train-centric posts are a real kick too---And I can always use more ocean liners if you have them.

Thanks & take care---

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Walterworld: Thanks for the great comment. I will look to see if I can find some more Ocean Liner pics.

Dave said...

Beautiful classic planes, and real icons of the era! We lived right below one of the Chicago O'Hare flight paths when I was young, and you could almost see the rivets on the bottom of those things (and the DC-8's and all the others) as they flew over. This was before noise abatement laws and the sound was deafening. I loved it.

Petroni said...

You know the best thing about the 707?

It can't read.

Had to put in a little "Airport" reference...

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Dave: I will post some DC-8's in the near future.

Petroni: ??? explain