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Check Six: First Boeing 707 rolls out – 60 years ago

October 28, 2017

From the This Day in Aviation website

A small crowd of factory workers and officials watches as Boeing Airplane Company rolls America's first jet airliner at Renton, Wash., Monday, Oct 28, 1957. The huge Boeing 707 Jet Stratoliner, capable of carrying 80 to 180 persons 5,000 miles nonstop at speeds of more than 600 miles an hour. The jet will be delivered to Pan American World Airways. (AP Photo)

A small crowd of factory workers and officials watches as Boeing Airplane Company rolls America’s first jet airliner at Renton, Wash., Monday, Oct 28, 1957. The huge Boeing 707 Jet Stratoliner, capable of carrying 80 to 180 persons 5,000 miles nonstop at speeds of more than 600 miles an hour. The jet will be delivered to Pan American World Airways. (AP Photo)

The first production Boeing 707 jet-powered commercial airliner, serial number 17586 (Line Number 1), was rolled out at the Boeing aircraft assembly plant at Renton, Washington. The Model 707 was developed from the earlier Model 367–80, the “Dash Eighty,” prototype for an air-refueling tanker which would become the KC-135 Stratotanker.

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