First Boeing 720 Airliner Makes First Flight
On November 23, 1959, the first Boeing 720 airliner, registered as N7201U, made its first flight at Renton, Washington. Developed from the 707, no prototype of the 720 was ever built. N7201U was initially used by Boeing for flight testing and was then delivered to United Airlines in October 1960. After this aircraft was sold in January 1973 to Contemporary Entertainment, owned by Singer Bobby Sherman and his manager, Ward Sylvester, N7201U was later renamed “The Starship” and it became a private charter jet used as a VIP transport by such touring rock banks as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, and Elton John. It was finally chartered by Peter Frampton before being withdrawn from service in 1977.