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On this day in 1959, AA’s first 707-123 delivery ushers in true Jet Age

On this day in 1959, AA’s first 707-123 delivery ushers in true Jet Age

Old Oct 23, 20, 1:25 pm
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On this day in 1959, AA’s first 707-123 delivery ushers in true Jet Age

61 years ago today, Boeing rolled out and delivered the 797-123 Flagship Michigan, ushering in the full Jet Age.

(While the De Havilland Comet flew first in 1952, the initial design was fatally flawed and the aircraft never saw much commercial success, nor was it out into use by any US airline. In North America, Mexicana did fly several Comet 4Cs; one is at the Seattle Museum of Flight’s restoration facility at Paine Field at Renton, WA. And while AA did fly the BAC 111, it came four years later.)
23 October 1959: American Airlines accepted delivery of its first jet airliner, Boeing 707-123 N7501A (serial number 17628, line number 7). The new airplane had made its first flight on 5 October. Christened Flagship Michigan, American Airlines advertised its new 707 as the “Astrojet.” The last 707, a -323C, was retired in 1983.


The Boeing 707 was developed from the earlier Model 367–80, the “Dash Eighty.” It is a four-engine jet transport with swept wings and tail surfaces. The leading edge of the wings are swept at a 35° angle. The airliner had a flight crew of four: pilot, co-pilot, navigator and flight engineer. The airliner could carry a maximum of 189 passengers.

The 707-123 was 145 feet, 1 inch (44.221 meters) long with a wing span of 130 feet, 10 inches (39.878 meters). The top of the vertical fin stood 42 feet, 5 inches (12.929 meters) high. The 707 pre-dated the ”wide-body” airliners, having a fuselage width of 12 feet, 4 inches (3.759 meters). The airliner’s empty weight is 122,533 pounds (55,580 kilograms). Maximum take off weight is 257,000 pounds (116,573 kilograms).

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/23-october-1959
Engine replacement came only two years later. The original “Pratt & Whitney Turbo Wasp JT3C-6 turbojet engines, producing 11,200 pounds of thrust (49,820 kilonewtons), and 13,500 pounds (60.051 kilonewtons) with water injection... at MTOW, the 707 required 11,000 feet (3,353 meters) of runway to take off. The 707-123 had a maximum speed of 540 knots (1,000 kilometers per hour). It’s range was 2,800 nautical miles (5,186 kilometers).“

An integral part of the 707 lives on, in a way. The fuselage diameter, enlarged from the original “Dash 80” prototype, was used for the 727, 737 and 757; it continues in the 737 MAX.

Link to avgeekery story with Pratt & Whitney film on the 707-123.


Flagship Michigan on delivery; thisdayinaviation.com

707-123 at LAX



Photo found on Pinterest


Vintage Seat Charts AA 707-123B seat chart


JetPhotos.net photo


Interior looking forward; Wikimedia Commons


797-123 water injection takeoff
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Old Oct 23, 20, 1:28 pm
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What a difference not having giant overhead bins makes.

CX F and QR J (787 and a359) don't have center bins, and it's delightful.
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post

(pretty 707 seating chart)
HELVETICA FTFW

Jiminy Crickets, I hate the carpet-knife logo so much.
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
What a difference not having giant overhead bins makes.

CX F and QR J (787 and a359) don't have center bins, and it's delightful.
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Originally Posted by born sleepy View Post
HELVETICA FTFW

Jiminy Crickets, I hate the carpet-knife logo so much.

What is the carpet-knife logo?
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Originally Posted by Woofbite View Post
What is the carpet-knife logo?
Also known as the linoleum cutter logo.
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Linoleum cutter

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What is the carpet-knife logo?
I'm assuming that's a reference to the current 'backslash' logo.
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I'm assuming that's a reference to the current 'backslash' logo.
A total mistake.

I love the new livery, but there's no reason the scissor eagle could not have complemented it.
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Wonder what the seat pitch and width were in coach was on those planes.
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Water-injected TO reminds me of how B-52s look on departure. The noise was likely pretty similar in those days.
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Originally Posted by fwfdan View Post
Wonder what the seat pitch and width were in coach was on those planes.
Loved the Orange lightening bolt Miss it and the courteous who flew back then.
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
A total mistake.

I love the new livery, but there's no reason the scissor eagle could not have complemented it.
JAL brought back their bird logo after years missing in action; it had been temporarily replaced by a not-too-dissimilar-from AA "logo-thingy."

A wise decision by JAL to bring the bird back. One can only hope AA will have proper sensibility at some point.

I admit I'd be more onboard with their new paint job if it wasn't for the bad logo and tail. I thought the aluminum w/cheatlilne was beautiful, though.

The ASTROJET livery is also wonderful and is certainly on par. Look up some photos of N905NN and see how gorgeous the 737-800 jet plane looks! I'm sure most of us have seen that aeroplane in the flesh at one point or another...or another.

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The amazing thing is today's jets aren't any faster than that jet. It certainly looks more comfortable albeit with cigarette smoke.
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Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
The amazing thing is today's jets aren't any faster than that jet. It certainly looks more comfortable albeit with cigarette smoke.
Most if not all are slower!
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Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
The amazing thing is today's jets aren't any faster than that jet. It certainly looks more comfortable albeit with cigarette smoke.
Indeed, in many cases they’re actually slower (737, A320, etc.).
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