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Boeing 707

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BOEING 707 DETAILS & FLEET LISTING
The Boeing 707 is a four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. Boeing delivered a total of 1,010 Boeing 707s, which dominated passenger air transport in the 1960s and remained common through the 1970s and 80s.  Although it was not the first commercial jet in service, the 707 was among the first to be commercially successful.  The final major derivative was the 707-320, these were the type Dan Air used. Traces of the 707 are still found in the 727 and 737, which uses a modified version of the 707's fuselage, as well as essentially the same external nose and cockpit configuration. The Boeing 757 also uses the 707 fuselage cross-section.
Dan Air took delivery it's first 707 in 1971. This version, a 321 was joined by another aircraft in 1972. A further four freighter 707 321C's joined the fleet throughout the mid 1970's. One example was lost in an accident in Lusaka. The freighter was operated on behalf of IAS Cargo in May 1977. The passenger aircraft were used extensively throughout the 1970's to fly affinity group charters to Canada and the United States. These trips consisted of passengers who were legally obliged to belong to a group or club with an special interest. The interest "affinity" was to be either cultural, sporting or spiritual. It was the only way charter airlines could get to operate flights across the Atlantic. these flights flew passengers at much cheaper fares than any scheduled operators, so they were very popular. Often memberships and groups were of a dubious nature. In some cases people were employed to check the credentials of passengers belonging to them. Birdwatching groups and Stamp Collection groups were commonplace. Eventually, following IATA airlines' protests, the flights were regularly "raided" at Gatwick. Bona fide affinity groups were technically supposed to be members of a genuine club for three months! Amid stories of flights taking off empty the Affinity flights were quietly dropped. Other interesting work carried out by Dan Air's 707's included Haj flights to Mecca. These trips took Muslim pilgrims to their spiritual home. It is written as one of the pillars of Islam that each Muslim must make at least one trip to Mecca in their lifetime. Charters were a less expensive way of getting large groups of people to Mecca and Dan Air were able to offer competitive rates. A German tour operator often chartered the aircraft for round the World packages. The chartered 707 was to stay with the groups as they departed from Germany calling at Tehran, Delhi, Rangoon, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Fukuoka Honolulu, Oakland, Niagara and New York before returning to Germany. Although the 707's in Dan Air's fleet were some of the oldest of the type in operation they provided good service to the company. Albeit if one model in particular (G-AYSL) had the disctinction of being nicknamed "Sick Lil" and "Spread Legs" due to her numerous technical problems. Ineveitably the aircraft were sold as they had not yielded the profit that the company had expected. It was to be the end of Dan Air's long haul operation when they left the fleet. The three remaining freighter versions had been sold by 1978. By the end of the 1970's the operational life of the last two passenger configured 707's had reached the end of their frame life. Metal fatigue had already presented a problem on one of the freighters, so it was decided to sell one and scrap the other. Throughout this section of the website we have endeavoured to find a photograph of each individual aircraft. there are thumbnail images of all the liveries the aircraft wore whilst with Dan Air, and in many cases, the prior and subsequent liveries with other operators. The thumbnail images can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.
G-AYSL
Type:  707 321

Serial Number: 17599

Entered Service:  06/03/71

Last Flown: 16/10/79

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: Ex N721PA sold to Del Air Inc Miami 26/10/79

G-AYSL GALLERY
G-AZTG

Type:  707 321

Serial Number: 17600

Entered Service:  05/05/72

Last Flown: 14/11/78

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: Ex N722PA Scrapped at Lasham May 1982.

G-AZTG GALLERY
G-BEBP
Type:  707 321C

Serial Number: 18579

Entered Service:  30/06/76

Last Flown: 14/05/77

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: Crashed in Lusaka Report Here (Opens in a new window)
G-BEBP GALLERY
G-BEAF
Type:  707 321C

Serial Number: 18591

Entered Service:  21/05/76

Last Flown: 05/07/78

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: Sold to Compania Interamerica Export/Import for TAR Argentina
G-BEAF GALLERY
G-BEVN
Type:  707 321

Serial Number: 19721

Entered Service:  07/07/77

Last Flown: 25/06/78

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: Returned to Atasco 30/09/78

G-BEVN GALLERY
G-BEZN
Type: 707 321C

Serial Number: 19765

Entered Service:  02/01/77

Last Flown: 25/06/78

Obtained From: Pan Am

Notes: To Zimex, Switzerland 10/07/77

G-BEZT GALLERY
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