June 26, 2017
This DVD is available from AirlineHobby.com DVDs. These 1950s era films capture the development, manufacture, flight test, and airline operations of the Boeing 707 and 720. 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 Tuscon, and a lot more!