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Check Six: Commercial “Jet Age” Opens – 60 years ago

October 26, 2018

From the This Day in Aviation website


N710PA shown here was the first Boeing 707 delivered to Pan American, but N711PA was the aircraft used in the first commercial flight

Pan American World Airways opened the “Jet Age” with the first commercial flight of an American jet airliner. Pan Am’s Boeing 707-121 Clipper America, N711PA, departed New York Idlewild (IDL) on an 8 hour, 41 minute flight to Paris Le Bourget (LBG) with a fuel stop at Gander, Newfoundland (YQX). The distance was 3,634 miles (5,848 kilometers). Aboard were 111 passengers and 11 crewmembers.

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