All about the 707
Boeing 707: The Boeing 707 prototype, known as th Dash 80, made its maiden flight on July 15, 1954, ushering America into the age of jet transportation. On October 26, 1958, Pan American Airways made commercial history by inaugurating its trans-/Atlantic 707-120 jet service between New York and Paris. Boeing later developed the larger 707-320 Intercontinental series which featured a longer fuselage, bigger wing, higher-powered engines, and increased fuel capacity (which increased range to ne...
TWA 'Great Cities' Ambassador service was expanded to First Class in early 1971. This was the meal spread that could be expected on long domestic flights on the Boeing 707. Two of the seat covers from TW's vast collection of designs are shown here. Let's not forget the bright orange carpet either! (TW had blue, turquoise, gold and red carpets as well). A total nightmare to clean and maintain, according to my TW contacts.
Passengers board the first scheduled Pan American jet flight. In 1958, Pan Am initiated the first jet service from New York to Paris with the 707. On October 28th, Clipper America, commanded by Captain Samuel H. Miller, took off from rain-soaked Idlewild International Airport (later known as JFK), and flew to Paris with 11 passengers aboard. It was the first scheduled jet flight by any United States airline. The Boeing jet flew at 575 miles per hour, reducing the Atlantic crossing time to ju...