The Jet Age Take a look at the UK's only Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin. Step inside and see what it was like to travel on board! Discover how the aircraft was made and watch interviews with passengers and crew. Uniforms, baggage trolleys, airline jet engines and an airport fire engine all help tell the story of the the airline that ushered in the Jet Age. The restored jet arrives back to East Fortune after a major refit The restored front fuselage of the Boeing 707 has returned to the National Museum of Flight after being repainted in its original 1960s colour scheme. The front fuselage of the passenger jet airliner, which dates from 1960, is now open in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Flight. Boeing 707 exhibition Accompanying the 707, G-APFJ, also known as Foxtrot Juliet, is an exhibition explaining the aircraft's role in ushering in the age of commercial passenger travel and in the creation of the original 'jet set' of the 1960s. Former crew members have been traced around the world to relive how their lives were transformed by the introduction of the early jet aircraft and the growth in transatlantic flights in the 1960s. Other new features in the exhibition are the original cockpit of a Hawker Siddley Trident, a short-haul aircraft that served the London-Edinburgh shuttle route. The 707 is now on full display and is positioned beside the National Museum of Flight's Concorde. Why is the Boeing 707 so important? Alastair Dodds, principal curator at National Museums Scotland explains: "This Boeing 707 fuselage is the only surviving one in the UK and it is an important representative of the first generation of jet airliners to make non-stop transatlantic flights in the late 1950s. It was the birth of modern air travel. The early flights however were hugely expensive and their exclusivity to pop celebrities like The Beatles, Sandie Shaw, and Twiggy and sports stars like Jackie Stewart actually coined the expression of the 'jet set' for a whole generation." Efficient transatlantic travel The Boeing 707 could fly faster than any other passenger jet at the time. As a result, fewer stops were needed to refuel. This made it possible to fly from New York to London in only 6½ hours! The design of the 707 was very different to the first jet airliner and its engines hung underneath the wings. This made them easier to maintain and consequently more profitable for airlines. As a result, the layout of the 707, with its under-wing engines and distinctive sloping tail fin, became the pattern for most passenger jet aircraft designs that followed. BOAC Boeing 707 fact file Flying fast: The Boeing 707 could fly to New York to London in 6½ hours - faster than any other passenger jet at the time. Fuselage skin: This is made from aluminium alloy and in places is only 1mm thick! For the privileged few: Jet travel was initially expensive and those who used it became known as the 'jet set. It became synonymous with the travel of celebrities such as The Beatles. How many were made: The 707 became the mainstay of long-distance air travel and almost 300 were built. USA manfacture: Despite being manufactured by Boeing, the BOAC 707s used four British Rolls-Royce Conway engines and they were branded as Rolls-Royce 707s.