Alvin M. Tex Johnston – 707 Roll
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[Alvin M. Tex Johnston – 707 Roll]
The test flying program for the 707 lasted four years. Tex Johnston had his own way of thrilling airline executives with demonstration flights.
[Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston (August 18, 1914 – October 29, 1998)] Source: LYBIO.net
IATA, The International Air Transport Association, which includes all airlines of the world, had assembled in Seattle for their annual convention. And Boeing just happened to have a prototype airplane that was going to shrink the world by a factor of two. And I’ve showed fighters and commercial airplanes, and demonstrate them, impress people what they are capable of. And I knew that the prototype and there’s one maneuver that you can do with no hazard, whatsoever. I decided that I would do a roll to impress the people, so I came across and did a [chote nele].
A lot of my test engineers have this camera within and it snapped a picture which is famous today with airplane on its back, engines up on top of the wing, and the Lake Washington below.
I was called to Mr. Allen’s office Monday morning. Mr. Allen asked me, what I thought I was doing, and I said, I was showing airplane. And I explained, that’s a 1G maneuver and it’s absolutely non-hazardous, but it’s very impressive. And his comment was, you know that now, we know that, but just don’t do it anymore. That was fine.
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