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Inflight 200 1/200 scale IF7200815P: Boeing 720-025 serial N8702E of Fly Eastern Airlines. Complete with with undercarriage and display stand. Fantastic detail, complete with brilliant looking polished metal finish.
Length 10.5 inches Wingspan 9.8 inches
The Boeing 720 is a four-engine narrow-body short- to medium-range passenger jet airliner. Developed by Boeing in the late 1950s from the Boeing 707, the 720 has a shorter fuselage and less range. The 720 first flew in November 1959 and the model entered service with launch customer United Airlines in July 1960.
Two primary versions of the aircraft were built. The original 720 with Pratt & Whitney JT3C turbojet engines entered service in 1960, while the improved 720B with Pratt & Whitney JT3D turbofans entered service in 1961. Some 720s were later converted to 720B specification. Although only 154 were built, the Boeing 720 and 720B was profitable due to the low research and development costs of it being a slightly modified version of the 707-120. It was later replaced by the Boeing 727.
The first Boeing 720 was a production aircraft for United Airlines which flew on November 23, 1959. The Type Certificate for the 720 was issued on June 30, 1960. The first service of the 720 was by United Airlines on July 5, 1960 on the Los Angeles-Denver-Chicago route. American Airlines followed by putting the 720 in commercial operation on July 31 that same year. The 720 was supplanted by the Boeing 727 in the mid-1960s in its medium-range, high-performance market. The late 1960s, 720 and 720B aircraft were used by the US military to shuttle troops to the Far-East war efforts. The interior of these planes were stripped of class partitions. Some of these flights originated at Travis AFB California and flew non-stop to Japan. At least, one of the landing sites was Yokota AB, Japan before the troops travelled to their final destinations. After disposal of 720s by the major airlines, many were acquired by second rank operators in South America and elsewhere.