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First-ever nonstop from California to London ?

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Can anybody remember which aircraft and airline did the first ever nonstop from Los Angeles or San Francisco to London? For years, it seems, I was sure that the Boeing 707-320 or -400 series was already doing this in the mid or late-Sixties, but now that I re-read the stats on those a/c, I am not at all sure. I thought I was certain that the 707 was doing this nonstop route (of about 4800nm) before the 747 went into service.Appreciate posts, thanks!JS

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Forget about the 747 / 707, TWA was doing it non-stop in L-1649 Constellations starting in 1957. The planes had 5400 mile range. Yeah, it was a 19 hour flight!It's a polar flight, so it's pretty easy for a 707-320 Intercontinental to handle. I mean, they don't fly LAX to New York, across the USA and then "hop the pond", you know?My great aunt used to do it all the time in the 1960's from LAX on TWA 707's; and not to London either, but to Milan, Italy! It's called the "polar route", -cross the top of the world. ;-)Regards,http://www.dreamfleet2000.com/gfx/images/F...R_FORUM_LOU.jpg

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Wow, so Connie did this?! Umbaleevable! I never even thought of her doing such a flight. Incredible!Thanks for confirming the 707's capability to do this huge flight--and to Milan from LAX, even more amazing.JS

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