Re: DC-8s in service; no 707s?

Date:         30 Jan 97 00:36:25 
From:         BMADDISO@bcsc02.gov.bc.ca (Brian Maddison)
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In article <airliners.1997.289@ohare.Chicago.COM>
drinkard@bcstec.ca.boeing.com (Terrell D. Drinkard) writes:

>Actually, there are over 400 707's still in active commercial service.
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I don't think so. Flight magazine's census gives a figure of 136 in
airline service worldwide. JP lists 218 including private, corporate,
government and military.

Another factor to be considered in the fewer 707 survivors compared to
DC-8s is the acquisition by the US Air Force of over 100 airframes from
the airlines in 1981-4. These were bought for use as a source of spares
for the KC-135 fleet. Many of the TWA and American 707s went this way.

Were it not for this, presumably these would have ended up on the
used market along with the DC-8s which of course the USAF had no use for.

Most have been scrapped over the years, but some are still lined up in
rows at AMARC storage in Tucson.

Brian M