From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Liebson) Organization: ISFSI Date: 10 Jul 95 03:18:17 References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1
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rna@status.Stanford.EDU (Robert Ashcroft) wrote: >I heard the 720 designator was a sop to United, which would buy them >but only if they weren't labelled "707". They're just a short 707, >is my understanding. Pity this aircraft, it had an identity problem: First model designator was 707-020, changed to 717-020, *perhaps* because shorter fuselage more like the Model 717 (aka KC-135A). Boeing decided, for reasons I don't know, that 717-020 would not do, either, hence 720-020; again, precisely how that model was chosen is unknown. Not really "just a short 707": The wing is quite different from the 707's, with the sweep of the leading edge between the inboard nacelles and hull having been increased to provide a double taper; Krueger leading edge flaps added nearly full-span. 9 feet shorter hull, considerably lighter, although many structural parts and systems from 707 used.