1945-70 Return of Commercial Aviation after War End to Boeing 747

 1945-58 Dominance of Lockheed Constellation-Electra, Douglas DC6-DC7, Boeing Stratocruiser




1920's through 1960's Major US Airline CEO's Provide Continuity


1927-69 Trippe PanAm, 1934-66 Patterson United, 1934-68 Smith American, 1935-59 Rickenbacker Eastern


1927-66 Woolman Delta, 1934-47 Frye TWA, 1939-66 Hughes TWA, 1936-81 Six Continental


1949-52 UK DeHavilland D velops and Introduces Comet Jet, Initial Success but Later Metal Fatigue Crashes

1950's US Airlines and Airplane Builders Committed to Piston Engines Except Trippe and Boeing


1955-8 Trippe Pushes for Large Jet to Cross Atlantic Both Ways Non-Stop, Boeing's Allen Agrees

Dash 80, 707 predecessor; Bill Allen Boeing CEO; 707 Model Cutaway; UK Comet and Boeing 707 at JFK 1958


1958 From Dash 80 Above, Boeing's Allen Develops 707 , PanAm Inaugurates 707 NY-Paris in October


1957-1962 Major US Airports Expand or Relocate to Jet Aircraft: O'Hare Chicago, Dulles DC


Romance of Flight Terminals at NY Idlewood Jet Airport renamed JFK: PanAm, International, TWA



1959 Douglas DC 8 Introduced Year After Boeing 707, Primarily for Domestic US Airlines


Boeing Introduces Medium and Short Range 727 in 1962 and 737 in 1966 for Smaller Airports


Enormous Acceptance and Commercial Success of Boeing 727 and 737 Ensures Boeing Jet Aircraft Dominance


1965 DC9 Delays to Counter 727 Weakens Douglas, Forces 1967 McDonnell Merger Despite Air Travel Rise


With Airport Congestion Developing, Trippe Pushes Boeing to Build 747 to Meet Soaring Air Travel Demand


Sutter Heads Complicated 747 Development, Allen Risks Bankruptcy to Build Jumbo Jet


Complicated New Powerful Engines from Pratt & Whitney Needed to Lift 747 Lift Costs, Increase Delays


Cargo Function of 747 Essential as It Was Erroneously Viewed as Only Transition to SST, not Queen of Sky


From 1969 Inaugural of 747, Reigned as Largest Jet until 2005 Airbus 380, Further Production Planned


1971-4 Competing Jumbo Jets by Douglas DC10, Lockheed 1011, Airbus 300 but Boeing Remainded Dominant