The 707 was the first jet airliner manufactured by Boeing. It was produced from 1958 to 1979. The carrying capacity ranges from 140 to 189 passengers. The 707 is generally credited as the aircraft that ushered in the jet age and established Boeing as one of the largest manufacturers of passenger aircraft.
The 707's maiden flight was on July 15, 1954, from Renton Field, located south of Seattle, Wash. That aircraft served as a test aircraft for 18 years and now resides at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The 707 set the standard for jet airliners to come, and all of Boeing's 7X7 line are based off the original 707.
On Oct. 26, 1958, Pan American World Airways began to offer transatlantic 707 jet service between New York and Paris. It was the first of its kind, and after that service was offered, jetliners rapidly started being used for commercial air travel. The first 707s were powered by Pratt and Whitney turbo jet engines that were barely sufficient for the journey across the Atlantic. As of July 2013, there were 10 of the 707s still in commercial service. The aircraft is mentioned in the songs "Boeing Boeing 707," "Jet Airliner" and "Early Morning Rain."