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Barrel Roll A Boeing 707

by John White |  | 2 comments

How To Roll A Boeing 707Who in their right mind would do a barrel roll in a Boeing 707? It is 1955 and the first commercial jet airliner, built by Boeing Aircraft, is in the flight test stage. This new aircraft would cut the flying time to anywhere in the world by half and shrink the world like never before! The chief test pilot for Boeing, Tex Johnston, has been asked by Bill Allen (CEO of Boeing) to take the new Boeing 707-80 aircraft up for a demonstration fly by over the Gold Cup Day for the unlimited hydroplane races during Seafair Week in Seattle, WA circa 1955.

Tex Johnston Takes Control

Unbeknownst to Mr. Allen Tex (he should have known what a pilot with the name "Tex" might do) decided it was the perfect time to demonstrate for all time the quality of the Boeing 707-80 aircraft. With just Tex and a co-pilot aboard they flew the new aircraft over the waters of Seattle as ordered, but Tex had decided that a barrel roll in the Boeing 707-80 was in order. So there, in full view of thousands of spectators, Tex proceeded to do a 1G barrel roll in the Boeing 707-80 flight test aircraft.

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Don't Do That Again

Upon his return to the company headquarters Bill Allen told Tex "Don't do that again", ending the fun of demonstrating the new commercial jet aircraft in a harmless yet spectacular way! As pilots, who wouldn't want to roll a Boeing 707 if we had the chance? Considering it is only a 1G maneuver, done properly does not put the aircraft or occupants in any danger. Years later Bob Hoover would demonstrate what you could do with a Sabreliner, demonstrating that these aircraft are better built and quite capable of aerial maneuvers sure to delight a crowd. Watch the video here:

Boeing 707 Desk Display Model

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The History Of Boeing

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Comments (2)

  • Mary Nganga on June 24, 2019

    Just curious. I read somewhere that the British Comet was the first jet plane to fly in 1954. Now I read here it that it is Boeng 707. I know for a fact that two Comets Crashed on a kind of explosion and another somewhere near Malaysia or indonesia, not sure of the place. Again same type of explosion happened and Sir Churchill order the RAF Marines to look for every piece of the second aircraft for the engineers to find out why the jet crashed and at the time there was no Black Box.
    Later on, I was a Cabin Crew for Comet belonging to East African Airways in 1970 – 1971.
    Anyway, which is which was the first jet to fly commercially?
    Thank you.

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019


    The Comet was – indeed – the first commercial passenger jet to fly. And, your memory is good – there were 2 crashes due to the shape of the windows causing the pressure vessel to burst and causing those aircraft to crash.

    I should have made it clear that this was the first US built commercial airliner built, and it outlasted the Comet.



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