707 Barrel Roll! (1955)

In the early days of jet airliners the Boeing company’s test pilot, Tex Johnson, rolled the prototype of the 707 airliner upside down, to impress the audience and encourage them to buy this wonderfull airplane. ¬†Although this was a perfectly safe thing do do, Tex’s boss was not impressed!

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Here is the famous photo taken from onboard that day, looking at the world above…

707 Barrel Roll - upside down



Author: Roger Codger

Roger has plenty of stories to tell about the aviators of years gone by, and the golden age of aviation when anything was possible. We love hearing him talk about the heroes of the past, some famous and others not so -- courageous pioneers who made aviation what it is today.

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    I am a cub scout leader and after a test for them, they are between the age of 8 to 11 years old. I’m doing a badge on aviation please could u if possible put me on the right track to get this test for then. Thank-you Alwyn4@hotmail.co.UK

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