or packets having similar titles were familiar seat back pocket items
and often contained treasure. I don't recall the contents of this
one, but a similar item listed on ebay suggests that a large route map
was part of it, and postcards were often included as well. Thanks
to Northwest for sending it to that teenage boy so many years ago.
that Northwest never referred to their 707-320s as 707s -- they were
always "320Bs", presumably to differentiate their 707-320s from
It's neat that the DC-6s were still listed. Those DC-6s (and 7s) would remain in the fleet for a few more years.
a little hard to date this. It appears that NW at first
intended for the reader to believe that the B707-320B had already
joined the fleet, but stops short of saying so. The casual reader
would take the engine in the photo on page 2 to be a "320B", but a more
careful look reveals a problem. The photo is of #4 engine, so
there should be a turbo compressor inlet in view. This must be
a 720B. There's a notation at the bottom of the back cover
that looks like a date -- 11/62. Inside is mention that the
"320B will soon take its place as the flagship of the Northwest
fleet", but is accompanied by a photo of the real article, even though
the first aircraft was not delivered until mid-1963. Best
guess is that 11/62 is the correct date, and the photo was a version
doctored by Boeing for Northwest's promotional use.
mileage table inside the back cover, though hidden by the folded-over
postcard, is shown in its entirety (but one-half size) at the very