Almost 52 years ago, Aviation Week & Space Technology’s cover marked the imminent delivery of the first Boeing 727 to United Airlines. The aircraft, N7004U, was the fifth off the line and was handed over at the end of October 1963. However all the early 727s were delivered that year under a provisional FAA certificate to allow for the start of crew training and it was not until February 1, 1964 that the first scheduled 727 passenger service was flown by Eastern Air Lines, the original launch customer.

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