Farewell Flight

The 707 jets into history

An era in U.S. aviation ended at 3:25 p.m. on Oct. 30, when TWA Flight 4, the last Boeing 707 to fly for a scheduled airline in the continental U.S., touched down at New York City's Kennedy International Airport. During its 2-hr. 40-min. flight from Miami, the jet's 79 passengers ceremoniously sipped champagne. Before disembarking, the travelers stripped the aircraft of most detachable memorabilia, including seat-number plaques and safety instruction cards. Flight attendants used their lipsticks to write "Goodbye, we love you" on walls and seats. On the...

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