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Today in Aviation: Pan Am Retires the Boeing 707

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Pan American World Airways (PA) retired its last Boeing 707 from regular passenger service in 1981. Pan Am had been the launch customer for the 707 in 1955, after placing an order for 20. The aircraft would usher in the jet age and become synonymous with the airline. The first […]

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Today in Aviation: Maiden Flight of the Boeing 707

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the original 707-120 developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes as its first jetliner performed its maiden flight in 1957. The Boeing 707-120 was made from the Boeing 367-80 prototype that the company flew in 1954. Boeing 707 service started regularly on October 26, 1958, with Pan American World Airways, up until […]

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Today in Aviation: First Jet-Powered US Domestic Flight

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, National Airlines (NA) conducted the first domestic US flight operated by a jet airliner in 1958.  A single Boeing 707 (N710PA) had been leased from Pan American (PA), whilst NA awaited the arrival of its own jet equipment. It was put to work on the carriers flagship route between Miami […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am’s Boeing 707 Ushers the Jet Age

MIAMI – It is widely known that the jet age began today in 1958 when, on the first of its regular scheduled flights, a Pan Am Boeing 707 took off from Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) to Paris. The Boeing 707, N711PA, while not the first commercial jetliner in operation, was the first successful […]

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