The Boeing 707 was the first commercial jet used in the United States.
The inaugural flight. 60 years ago today (10/17/1958), came after years of testing that included this incredible barrel roll of a prototype by Tex Johnson caught on film.
Only after manufacturing 865 units did it ceased production in 1979.
For the last flight of the infamous 747, United plans to recreate its own 1970 inaugural San Francisco-Honolulu flight*. Since then, over 1,530 have been manufactured.
“The 747 is, was and always will be an iconic aircraft. It ushered in the wide-body era, it became prestigious to operate, it was prestigious to fly in it, and state-owned airlines that often had no business buying it did so anyway for the prestige.” commented aviation consultant Scott Hamilton.
* the first flight was by Pan Am, January 22, 1970
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