The Jet Age (1958 - Today)

United Sud Aviation Caravelle

In the early 1960s, new aircraft brought the comfort, speed, and efficiency of jet travel to short- and medium-distance routes. The pioneering design of the French Sud Aviation Caravelle (shown here) with its two rear-mounted jets, gave rise to the Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 727.

Image number 2000-6140
Credit: National Air and Space Museum Archives

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