AeroSpace 07 - The Jet Age

OPENING QUESTION: Do just a wee bit o' looking around on the interweb and find images of commercial (passenger carrying) jet aircraft in the 1950's.

Cut and paste the links on our normal class submittal page HERE



  • DC - 8
  • Boeing 707


I finished grading your Flying Boat diaries yesterday. If you shared that with me with the ability for me to comment then I did. If you didn't, well, I couldn't so I didn't.

If your grade is currently marked as NE it's because there isn't a link to that in our classroom submittal form (you didn't turn it in!) or because you didn't share it with me.

If your grade is currently marked as IE it is because I want you to finish ALL your slides... best to have a chat with me first.

Let's take a quick turn through the planes we found.

Now let's see if we can (briefly) find out why each of those planes survived, fell by the wayside or just slowly faded away.


One of the most famous airflights in history happend in Seattle on .


Boeing test pilot "Tex" Johnston was known for being kind of a maverick. In otherwords, he didn't much like doing what he was told and sometimes did things a bit... how shall we say, contrary?

Back in the 1950's the hydroplane races on Lake Washington were even BIGGER than they are now... so something like 250,000 peope were out on the lake on August 6, 1955 enjoying the perfect sunny weather.

Boeing asked for, and received, special permission from the federal government to fly their brand new "Dash-80" 4-engine jetliner over the crowd.

Let's take a look:

Let's take a look at one of those HERE

Now let's compare the technical specs of the Boeing 707 to it's main competitor of the times: the DC - 8

Compare that to the specs of the Boeing 314 Flying Boat from 1939


Let's take a look at world famous Waikiki Beach and the city of Honolulu changed in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970s... MASSIVE change as hundreds of thousands of people moved there (including the Wolgemuth family in 1969!)

These new long range jet aircraft had a significant impact on the world. We'll take a gander at those in a moment but let's see what was going on during that time


1950's Timeline

Have a conversation with your crew and let's get some ideas of the 1950's timeline GO!

Have a conversation and suggest what some of those might have been