The mighty Boeing 707, first commercial jet-airliner of the United States and rival to Britain's Comet IV, sped high over the Atlantic September 8 on a proving flight, then for the first time descended on London Airport for noise tests.
Medium and CU of Arab League's plate at the entrance
All the Arab League building, without flags, Flags are only set by the assembly of the Council.
Mohamed El Zohdi, Saudi Arabia's delegate
Iraki ambassador, Fa'ek El Samaraki, opens his file.
The meeting, from another angle.
Iraki ambassador speechmaking
Abdel Khalek Hassouna, Arab League's Secretary General, thanks the newsmen.
Saudi Arabia flag.
COMMAG B/G FULL WHERE POSSIBLE
COMMAG BEGINS:"This is the American challenge......"
COMMAG ENDS:".....still has a good chance of being the first passenger jet airliner on the American service."
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CUE: SUPPRESSORS + 2
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Background: The mighty Boeing 707, first commercial jet-airliner of the United States and rival to Britain's Comet IV, sped high over the Atlantic September 8 on a proving flight, then for the first time descended on London Airport for noise tests.
Soon after the official courtesy handshakes on the tarmac, the phone wires buzzed to the airport: eleven citizen complained from their nearby homes about the noise from the Boeing's four jet engines which are specially fitted with silencers.
The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation logged the complaints, replied the Boeing was undergoing tests to measure its noise.
Near the Boeing was a Comet IV. Another Comet, last month in New York for noise tests, sped yesterday to Cairo from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, on its last-but-one proving flight.
Both Boeing and Comet are due to open transatlantic services November.
In service, the Boeing will carry up to 165 passengers. It is claimed it will carry as many passengers across the Atlantic in a year as the Queen Mary.
The question now in the air is which aircraft, the Boeing or the Comet, will win the prestige race of being first to operate the non-stop transatlantic service?
Most aviation observers are eyeing the Comet.