It's always a treat to see 707s with original JT3C
engines. TWAs were around longer than most with company
management at the time having decided not to invest in JT3D turbofans
for existing aircraft. This sight brings back memories of living
in North Kansas City for a summer around 1969. That apartment
was a mile north of MKC and about 2000 feet east of the runway 36
centerline. The north departures of TWA's 707s and 880s were
memorable sights cemented in the mind forever by their thundering
roar. It's almost certain that N738TW was the star of one of
those shows all those years ago. Of course no one would ever have
thought of complaining in those days, not that I would have even if
there were an ear to hear it.
Delivered new in May of 1959, it is seen here toward the end of its days with TWA in October, 1971.
San Francisco, 1971
- photo by Dean Slaybaugh