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The first generation of jets from 1958 to 1963

Pan Am Boeing 707 at Miami International Airport


The year of 1958 was very exciting for air travel, as the world awaited the jet age. There had already been a false start in 1952 when the British Comet 1 jetliner proved to have fatal aerodynamic flaws and was withdrawn from service. On October 4, 1958 the redesigned Comet 4 flew for B.O.A.C. (below) from London to New York, establishing the first commercial transatlantic service by jet aircraft.

Not to be outdone, on October 28, 1958, Pan American World Airways introduced the Boeing 707 (above) from New York to Paris. As the public heard about the speed, comfort and prestige of jet travel the major airlines placed massive orders for the first generation of jets.

Florida eagerly anticipated the new era, planning for another boom in tourism, and it didn't have to wait long. On December 10, 1958, the first domestic jet service in the U.S.A. was launched by National Airlines on its New York to Miami route using two leased Pan Am Boeing 707-121's.

Discover the seven domestic and nine international airlines serving Florida with the first generation of jet airliners in airlines and aircraft from 1958 to 1963.

See what the seven Florida airports that landed the new jets looked like in Florida airports enter the jet age.

You can also browse and interact with the complete and authentic Florida jet timetable for January 1963.