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Inflight 200 1/200 scale IF7070514PBA: Boeing 707-420 serial G-APFO of British Airtours in 1973.
Length 9.75 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches
British airtours was a British charter airline established as BEA airtours in 1969. It became a subsidiary of the state-owned British Airways with the merger of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with British European Airways (BEA) in the early 1970s, rebranded as British airtours. Name changed to Caledonian Airways in 1988 when the newly privatised British Airways acquired British Caledonian.
G-APFO, serial number 17716, was delivered initially to BOAC in December 1960. The aircraft – a 707-436 series – was built to BOAC specifications and fitted with Rolls-Royce Conway Mk 508 turbofan engines instead of Pratt & Whitney JT3s. In 1972 she was incorporated into the British European Airways (BEA) Airtours division.
G-APFO retired from UK commercial service in November 1980 and was eventually broken-up in the USA in 1986
The Boeing 707 is a four-engine narrow-body commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. Its name is most commonly pronounced as “Seven Oh Seven”. The first airline to operate the 707 was Pan American World Airways, inaugurating the type’s first commercial flight on October 26, 1958. Boeing delivered a total of 1,011 Boeing 707s including a smaller, faster model of the aircraft that was marketed as the Boeing 720.
Although it was not the first commercial jet in service, the 707 was among the first to be commercially successful. Dominating passenger air transport in the 1960s, and remaining common throughout the 1970s, the 707 is generally credited with ushering in the Jet Age. It established Boeing as one of the largest makers of passenger aircraft, and led to the later series of aircraft with “7×7” designations.
Designed by the Boeing Company in the United States 1,010 Boeing 707 aircraft were built between 1954 and 1978. The aircraft started life as the 367-80 series, Boeing’s first concept for a military and civilian jet airliner. The first aircraft flew on 15 July 1954. The first production civilian 707 – one of sixty nine aircraft in the initial series – first flew on 20 December 1957. The production version featured a longer, wider fuselage and uprated engines.
Boeing built specific versions to suit customer requirements and subsequent versions received uprated engines and modifications to the wings and tail plane. Boeing built a shorter version – designated the Boeing 720 – for medium-range operations. The military version of the 707 was used as the US Presidential jet ‘Air Force One’.
In the early 1960s the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) adopted the Boeing 707 over British designed and manufactured jets. Thirty-seven aircraft were built to BOAC specification, powered by Rolls-Royce Conway 508 turbofans. The aircraft were flown by British Airways (BA) and later, as newer aircraft were acquired, by BA’s British Airtours subsidiary. Military and commerical cargo derivatives remain in service.