Re: 707 : How did it get its name ?

Date:         09 Jan 98 00:50:54 
From:         faurecm@halcyon.com (C. Marin Faure)
Organization: Northwest Nexus Inc.
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In article <airliners.1998.9@ohare.Chicago.COM>, GWLF17A@prodigy.com
(Brian Clouse) wrote:

> >From "Boeing Jetliners" by Guy NOrris and Mark Wagner, 1996, Motorbooks
> Intl:
>
> "The company chose the opportunity to launch the 700-series of products,
> the -500 being reserved for gas turbines and the -600 for missiles.  By
> all rights, the new aircraft should have been named the Boeing 700; but
> possibly for superstitious reasons and because it sounded better, it was
> designated Boeing 707.  Seven is a sacred or mystic number, composed of
> four and three, which from time immemorial have been accounted lucky
> numbers."
>
> The book didn't say so, but model numbers ending in 7 had already been a
> Boeing tradition since the late '30's (297, 377, B-17, B-47, KC-97).

The name 707 was suggested by Boeing's ad agency as it sounded better than
Boeing 700 which is what the company was going to call the plane (and
actually what it IS called on the Type Certificate).  The numbers B-17,
B-47, and KC-97 had nothing to do with Boeing.  They were the numbers
assigned to those planes by the Air Force.  The B-17 was the Boeing Model
299, the B-47 was the Boeing Model 450, and the KC-97 was the Boeing Model
367.  Three hundred was the series number for four-engine, piston-powered
transports.  Thus the 314 Clipper, the 307 Stratoliner, and the 377
Stratocruiser.

C. Marin Faure
  author, Flying A Floatplane