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The "Super G" was the most successful version of the Lockheed Super Constellations and one of the last great piston-engine airliners. Soon after the plane's introduction, it became clear that airlines would invest in jet aircraft.

Supersonic Airliner

The Flying Oval Office

The first presidential jet plane, a specially built Boeing 707-120, is known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970. This aircraft, as well as any other Air Force aircraft, carried the call sign "Air Force One" when the president was aboard. Delivered in 1959 to replace Eisenhower's Super-Constellation, the high-speed jet transport is a flying Oval Office with a modified interior and sophisticated communication equipment.

When first introduced into commercial service, the 727's original market forecast was for only 250 planes. But over 1,800 of the versatile and economic "trijets" were built between the early 1960s and 1984, and they were used by hundreds of airlines.

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The Prototype "Baby Boeing"

The 737 is the smallest and most popular jetliner in the Boeing airline family. Since 1967, over 8,000 "Baby Boeings" have been built or ordered. The short-haul 737 is dependable, economical and can operate from unprepared grass and gravel runways -- making it a popular choice of many airlines throughout the world.

The growing worldwide demand for air travel during the 1960s led to the development of the 747, the first "Jumbo Jet." Merely recalling the early days of the 747 program "brings sweat to the palms of my hands," Boeing's then-president, William Allen, said years after the giant aircraft had been developed. Requiring the company to risk much of its net worth, the development of the world's largest passenger aircraft was a formidable undertaking.