Airlife's Classic Airliners:- Boeing 707/720
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||October 2002|
|INSIDE:||Full colour throughout|
• The Boeing 707 epitomises the beginning of commercial jet airliner travel• Large format, full colour, with extensive technical and operational details
The Boeing 707 was the first aircraft to convince the world's airlines that jet propulsion was the way ahead. During its long life it has served with most of the principal international carriers and derivatives have seen service in many guises with military air services around the world. The aeroplane brought new standards of comfort, speed and efficiency to airline passengers and was largely responsible for air travel as we understand it today.
Although the 707 was pipped at the post by the de Havilland Comet as being the world's first jet airliner, it eventually proved the more successful design. Pan Am was the first airline to order it and flew their fleet emblazoned with the famous 'Clipper' names. BOAC placed a substantial order and insisted on Rolls-Royce Conway engines rather than the Pratt & Whitney JT series engines favoured by American customers.
Very few 707s are now flying passengers, those that remain operational in the civil field have been converted for cargo. Many military versions still fly as AWACs, tankers or transports.