U.S. civil aviation entered the jet age on July 15, 1954, when the Boeing 367-80, or "Dash 80," first took flight. Designed for the U.S. Air Force as a jet tanker-transport, this airplane was the prototype for America's first commercial jet airliner, the Boeing 707.
Image Number: SI2005-5715
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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