Re: Boeing historian?

Date:         03 Oct 99 17:38:57 
From:         "Russell Short" <r.short@student.unsw.edu.au>
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Karl Swartz <kls@ohare.Chicago.COM> wrote in message <airliners.1999.1036@ohare.Chicago.COM> ...
> >The US domestic carriers wanted a lower cost, lighter weight version of
> >the 707 for domestic use, which lead to the 707-120, which simply
> >became known as the 720.
>
> No, the 707-120 was the original version of the 707.  The 720 is just
> that, the 720 (and a turbo-fan version, the 720B).  It's 9 feet shorter
> than the 707-120 and was further lightened by using lighter gauge metal
> in many places.  It also has a modified wing, with greater area.

And, FWIW, was called the "720" out of respect for the chief of United
Airlines Pat Patterson. Patterson initially refused to order the 707,
choosing instead the DC-8, due to his intense dislike for the Boeing
Company. He also did not like the numbers "707". Hence, when United turned
up to order 29 of the domestic version of the 707, Boeing simply renumbered
the aircraft 720.

Russ.