From: email@example.com (Philip M. Chuang) Organization: University of Michigan Date: 24 Mar 94 14:01:47 PST References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1
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>that trivia is not all true I mean if you just count airframes the >707 will definitely outnumber the DC-8. I'm talking about E-3,E-6,E-8 >and a whole lot of RC/KC/C-135's which are all based on the 707 >airframe. 707's were to have based on the RC/KC/C-135 airframe, but when Boeing noticed that they were losing early orders to the "paper" DC-8, they widened the body 4 inches to allow for six-abreast seating. At the same time, this eliminated the possibility of using C-135 jigs for constructing 707's. Jack Steiner's papger in the book _The_Jet_Age_ describes this in detail, as well as the subtle differences between the fuselege cross-section of 707, 727, and 737.