2011-09-27 07:21:03 UTC
This does not appear to be low budget, and went through great lengths to
put some early 1960s realisms (street scenes etc).
The engines pictured on what was said to be the first 707 in service
looked like this:
When seeing the TV programme, I couldn't believe any such engine exhaust
ever existed and was wondering why the producers would concuct such an
odd engine exhaust. But asking my buddy Mr Google for pictures of 707
engines turned up this very design.
Anyone have explanations on those engines and why the exhaust looks like
that of a piston engine instead of a jet ? Or was this a glorified muffler ?
How long did such a design last before going to modern exhausts ?
Secondly, at what is now JFK (I suspect it was Idlewild still back in
1963), they pictured a boarding "bridge". It was an uncovered outdoor
walkway that went from departure floor level straight to the plane's
door with passengers walking past the cockpit. (as opposed to L shape
jetways where you arrive at door perpendicular to the plane)
Have such platforms ever existed ? or were stairs from tarmac still
always used back in 1963 when the 707 was allegedly introduced ?
And finally: the TV programme makes one of the flight attendants a CIA
operative. Was this really done with PanAm FAs of the time ? Or is this
just an imaginary concept developped for a TV show ?
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