In front of mammoth Hangar 10 at Washington's National Airport last week, the First Lady of the U.S. smashed a bottle of water from the seven seas on the fuselage of a Pan American Boeing 707—and officially ushered the U.S. into the commercial jet age. With water still dripping from a steel plate installed to protect it from Mamie Eisenhower's blow, the newly christened jet clipper America was pulled out onto the apron while 6,000 guests looked on. An hour later the plane screamed down a 7,000-ft. runway and off to Baltimore, where it took aboard 41 notables (including...

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