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The Boeing 707 and its close cousin the Boeing 720 were the largest selling first generation jet airliners in the world. Developed by Boeing in the mid-1950s, these classic jetliners were ordered by the world’s leading airlines of the day, and served as front line transports throughout the 1960s.
These 1950s era films capture the development, manufacture, flight test, and airline operations of this remarkable aircraft. All of the early Boeing 707 and 720 customers are represented including Pan Am, Continental Airlines, TWA, American Airlines, Braniff, Varig, Air France, Aer Lingus, United Airlines, BOAC, Sabena, South African Airways, and others.
DVD highlights include test flying both the 707 and 720 from the California high desert at Edwards Air Force base, President Eisenhower’s December, 1959, eleven nation tour (Operation Monsoon) aboard the first MATS VC137A, the delivery of the first Qantas Boeing 707, the May 28, 1959, Boeing 707 intercontinental route proving flight from Seattle to Rome direct (with Boeing President William Allen aboard), Sabena’s remarkable 707 operations during the Congo evacuations of 1960, delivery of Irish International’s first Boeing 720 in the Fall of 1960, and their subsequent crew training with the aircraft in Tucson, and a lot more!
The Model 707 – Mid-50s film on the development of the Dash 80 Boeing 707 prototype.
(14 minutes / restored colour)
707 Year One – Highlights of the first year of Boeing 707 airline operations, including customer deliveries.
(46 minutes / restored colour)
Report 1960 – Highlights the second year of Boeing 707 airline operations as well as Boeing 720 development work and deliveries.
(28 minutes / restored colour)
720 Story – The development and flight test of the Boeing 720, with first customer footage.
(16 minutes / restored colour)
Bonus Track 1 – KC135 Introduction, mission role and test flight film for the US Air Force.
(7 minutes / restored colour)
Bonus Track 2 – Avianca Boeing 707 crash new reports, Cove Neck, NY, January 26, 1990.
Total running time: 132 minutes
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).