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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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