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The Boeing 707

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The Boeing Company, one of the leading aircraft manufactures in the world, has built many significant aircrafts that have great contribution to aviation history. Boeing 707, without a doubt, was one of the most important aircrafts in the history of the Boeing Company. It incorporated several advanced technologies Boeing had at the time, and it opened a brand new page for commercial jetliners. Based on the data provided by Boeing’s official website, a total of 1,010 Boeing 707 jetliners were ordered and delivered during its 20 years of production. Because of the solid foundation Boeing 707 provided for the Boeing Company, the Boeing Company was able to develop a “complete family of commercial jetliner models”(Boeing).

Although Boeing 707 was not the very first jetliner in use, it was the first one that had gained remarkable commercial success. In The Evolution of Modern Aircraft, Loftin stated that “the Boeing 707 transport was the first of the long-range and, for its day, high-passenger-capacity aircraft that marked the real beginning of the revolutionary jet age in air transportation.” The Boeing Company gained a great deal of market share during the rising of Boeing 707.

The development of Boeing 707 started with a single prototype. According to the Boeing Company’s official website, the prototype of Boeing 707 was named Boeing 367-80, and it was referred as “Dash-80” within the Boeing Company. Cook had explained in The Road to the 707 in detail regarding of the development of the Dash-80 prototype. The world’s first commercial jetliner, the deHaviland Comet, was already flown when Boeing’s engineer gather together to discuss the possibility of building its own commercial jetliner. The Comet was designed for shorter routes...

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... success of Boeing 707 represented the beginning of commercial jetliner era. From 707, the Boeing Company began its journey in becoming one of the largest and most successful multination aircraft manufacturers. Boeing 707 had also redefined the world of commercial jetliners. Even now, 707 still represents the foundation of commercial jetliners’ history.

Works Cited

1.Bowers, Peter M. Boeing Aircraft since 1916. London: Putnam and, 1966. Print.

2."Commercial Airplanes:707 Family." Boeing: 707. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

3.Cook, William H., and Tandy Y. Cook. The Road to the 707: The inside Story of Designing the 707. Bellevue, WA: TYC Pub., 1991. Print.

4.Loftin, Laurence K. Quest for Performance: The Evolution of Modern Aircraft. Washington, D.C.: Scientific and Technical Information Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1985. Web.
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