WASHINGTON, July 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, JULY 15: JET AIRLINER COMES OF AGE
Profile America — Sunday, July 15th. A major change in aviation history occurred on this date in 1954, when the prototype of the nation's first production jetliner, the Boeing 707, flew for the first time. The model quickly replaced propeller-driven aircraft and served airlines for many decades, and is still serving the military as the KC-135 tanker. By the time production ended, the many passenger and cargo versions of the 707 had logged 30 million flying hours and carried more than a half-billion passengers. Now, jet airliners take off more than 32,000 times a day, carrying close to 2 million passengers to their destinations around the country. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America—People, Places, and Our Economy.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 1403
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1073
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau