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What Are The Oldest Operating Commercial Aircraft?Commercial jet flight as we know it today has been around for almost 50 years. That is an amazing span of time across which many new technologies, aircraft, and even planemakers have arisen and made their names in the market– though some of them are no longer flying. (simpleflying.com) More...
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Somewhere a -3 is still at work.
Northern Canada for 1...Buffalo Airways
Correction: First commercial 707 flight 1958
Yep I agree. The author must be young. He says "Commercial jet flight as we know it today has been around for almost 50 years" Of course Commercial Jet flight as we know it has been around for over 60 years. I don't think the experience of flying on a 707 was that much different then flying on a modern 737. I never got to fly on a 707 but I did get to fly on a DC8 (Air Canada Super 60) from the same era and the jet experience was much the same as today - minus the cigarette smoke of course.
As I recall, the 737 was basically a downsized 707 design.
The 737 used the same fuselage barrel & cockpit as the 707/720 and 727. The 727 needed three engines to reliably get out of La Guardia (Engine Out Case)but the 737 had no such requirement. A lot of its Design Team were non-citizens & other engineers Boeing wanted to keep through the huge cuts associated with stopping the 2707 SST program - "We'll move you that little program down in Renton". The head of Avionics/Electrical Design on the 767, a Canadian, was one such.