707 / Western Airlines IndianItem Number: 2125/1717
Western Airlines Boeing 707 model. You'll be the envy of all with this stunning mahogany wood display model of the iconic Boeing 707! Boasting an authentic Western Airlines design, this piece is a must-have for all aviation enthusiasts and history buffs. Place it in your office, living room, or favorite spot and enjoy its beauty for years to come!
In August 1952, the company took the bold step of gambling some 16 million dollars to build the prototype of a completely new turbojet-powered civil transport. Boeing was sufficiently realistic to appreciate from the very beginning that its large private-venture investment, even in 1952 dollars, was nowhere near the amount that would be needed if large-scale production of a civil airliner was to become a reality. Shrewdly, they developed the initial design to serve as a high-speed military transport, or inflight-refueling tanker, banking upon gaining a military contract which would underwrite the tooling costs and provide finance for the development of a first-class civil airliner. The prototype, known as the Dash-80, flew for the first time on July 15, 1954, and on October 5, 1954, Boeing's gamble paid off, they were awarded an initial contract for 29 KC-135A tanker/transports (the military version of the 707).
Mahogany Wood. Wingspan 17 1/2 inches, Length 18 1/2 inches.