Aviation Week Exclusively Details Boeing's Project X - The 707 (1953)

In June 1953, Aviation Week was the first publication to detail Boeing's effort to develop the company’s first passenger jet, the 707 or “Project X.”

“Details of the 707 were not authorized for release by Boeing, but Aviation Week was assured of their accuracy by reliable sources,” said the article, which did not have a byline. Aviation Week noted that the 707 was expected to achieve a cruise speed of 580 mph, faster than the 500 mph for the de Havilland Comet 2 and Comet 3.

The article’s prediction of a first flight the following year proved accurate: the first 707 prototype flew on July 15, 1954. The jet entered service in 1958 with Pan American Airways. 

Read the full article in Aviation Week's digital archive.


This blog was originally published on June 29, 2015

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on Jun 29, 2015

I was trying to copy the 2nd page of the article (page 13 of June 29, 1953 Aviation Week) but could not...PLEASE help me so I can use it in the mentoring I done with youngsters/adults on Aviation....THANK YOU soooo much!

on Jun 30, 2015

Using Adobe Reader: select print -more options- current view - size the first page and print. Scroll to view the second page and print using the same process. If you print in color it looks like the original news print.

on Dec 21, 2015

This article ran 5 years before I started reading Aviation Leak, but is typical of the sort of technical coverage the magazine produced in past decades.

on Jan 6, 2016

How do I read these issues? I can access them, open them, but cannot figure out how to change magnification or how to scroll. They open larger than my display monitor and I can't move the image to get all the text. I have either too small to read, or too large for the width of the display.

on Feb 29, 2016

I do not recall the occasion, however found that Lockheed won the (50's) AF tanker competition. Boeing actually received the Contract, as they had the 707 (dash 8 prototype) was flying. The 707 became the KC-135 Tanker.

on Mar 8, 2016

I would like to know if the new piece of junk A380, 787 and A350 are able to do a barrel roll like the test pilot did on a demo flight above BF.

on Aug 4, 2016

Nope, Yep, and Nope

on Aug 13, 2016

A breed like Tex Johnston is far gone in aviation History Unfortunately. Those nowadays paper pushers, lawyers have lost the initiative. I reside near an airfield, there were French Air Force passing at high speed and low altitude and those grumpy boring rampies complained and no more good spectacle!
At least in Russia they are still doing crazy stunts!
I'd love to see a tweaked A-380 roll barell with fly rules computer highly rewritten!

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