Boeing jets they don't make anymore
Boeing, the world's largest plane maker, started work on its first commercial jet prototype in 1952 with a $16 million investment. It brought America into the jet age two years later. Today, Boeing says its planes account for nearly three-fourths of the world's commercial jet fleet.
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The 707 pushed the U.S. into the jet age on July 15, 1954, when a prototype took off from Renton Field outside Seattle for its maiden flight. A 707 made the first trans-Atlantic commercial flight on Oct. 26, 1958, a 13-hour PanAm flight between New York and Paris. The 707 was also the original Air Force One, carrying seven sitting presidents. Above, a truck gives a Boeing 707 a push at O'Hare on March 24, 1963.