You'll probably recognize this photo immediately
as having been shot at Newark. Here we see the aircraft
that would later be pushed back as Flight 3 to Dallas and
Houston. It had arrived shorty before as flight 8 from DAL with a
stop at Washingon Dulles.
Although it's not possible to ID this
707, it's certain that it was one of only five 707-200's ever
built. To be more specific, they were all -227s, since all were
built for Braniff. Only four ever flew in service -- the first of
the series was tragically lost, along with its crew, in an acceptance /
training flight accident just before it was too be delivered.
-200 model was the "hot and high" version of the 707, having the short
fuselage of the –100s and JT4A-3 engines that were used on the early
–300s. The combination of a lighter airframe and more powerful
engines helped provide the required performance for Braniff's
high-altitude ops out of Mexico City.
Newark, July, 1965