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The Boeing 707’s origins lay in the Boeing 367-80 which first flew on the 15th of July 1954. Due to customer demands and the commercial threat from Douglas with their similar DC-8, Boeing decided to widen the fuselage to accommodate a 3 by 3 seating arrangement. The first ‘true’ Boeing 707 took to the skies on the 20th of December 1957 and Pan Am inaugurated commercial services with the 707 on the 26th October 1958 with a flight from New York to Paris. Very few original 707’s remain active today, the Israeli Air Force possibly the largest user of the type currently.