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Your Experiences On 737-100s/200s  
User currently offlineAA737-800 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

So, what are they? My only experience was onboard a Metrojet flight. Takeoff from MCO (Orlando Int'l) basically sums up the entire flight. It seemed like the plane took almost the entire runway to get airborne. The engines were LOUD!!!, and probably weren't hush-kitted at the time. The plane sounded like it was about to give out at any moment, and just break apart. I know this isn't realistic, and I know you'll burn me for this, but it was an awful flight. Yet, I like all other derivatives. Amazing!!!

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User currently offlineATRpilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

You're talking about the airplane that got me into flying!

When I was a kid growing up in Washington D.C., I used to fly the 737-200's of Piedmont Airlines all the time from DCA to RDU and CLT. That was a great airline, and I loved the airplane. Before the 737, the only other airliners I had flown on was an Eastern DC9, lots of Allegheney Shorts 330's, and a United DC8 (don't really remember that one). I thought the 737, with its 3 and 3 seating was a WIDEBODY (HAH!). I used to go to Gravely Point of the north end of the runway at DCA and watch those straight pipe 737's screech overhead... man I loved it!

You know I was actually a passenger on Piedmont's first 737-300 flight... and I was on the 727-200 that christened the new runway (5L-23R) at RDU. Love those Piedmont memories.

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

I had a fairly good experience on a 737-200. About two years ago I was supposed to fly on USAirways between Pittsburg and Tampa. But because my first flight was delayed for over an hour, I was bumped to first class on a USAirways 732 to Orlando! The flight was smooth, the seat was comfortable, but the food was horrible. It was a lunch flight and they served us mushroom ravioli and a salad with some wierd dressing. I have had better food in coach.
As for the noise, can't say that it bothered me much, considering that I was sitting in the very first row. 

User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 970 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Biggest problem I see on the aircraft is its auto-throttle system; when you come in for landing you can always make out when that option is turned on by noticing the engines' RPMs going up and down constantly!!!


User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

I have flown on the Malaysia Airlines 737-2H6 Advanced on several occasions. They were louder than the many 737-4H6/5H6 flights I've experianced. The last time I sat on the -2H6s was about 1991. I flew with a Thai Airways 737-400 from the Thai island of Phuket to Penang Island (Malaysia) before switching to a MH 737-2H6 Adv. for the leg into Kuala Lumpur. It was noisier and I remembered the overhead compartment squeaking and rattling when we took off or when breaking through clouds. It was really old. Sitting in the rear I saw for my last time (if I have a chance to fly a -200 again) the reverse bucket deploying in the landing roll......it was the sweetest.

-Triple Seven

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

I've been on several, AirTran 732's like 4 times, Aloha 2 times. They are loud to say the least. I didn't have a problem with the AirTran ones, but the Aloha ones we're dirty and the engines were screamin. From HNL to OGG it was a 20 min flight, and the weather was clear. That plane was shaking all over the place. I was waiting for the plane to split right down the middle. They are a good aircraft, just loud, and getting old.

User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

In March of this year, I flew on a US Airways 737-200 from DCA to ALB. At takeoff this sucker took off like a rocket off the runway and was a smooth climbing aircraft.

User currently offlineTrident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

I've flown on quite a few over the years, mainly Aer Lingus but also Southwest in the US. No complaints at the time (70's and 80's) but they are beginning to get a bit long in the tooth now and by modern standards are very noisy - even with hush kits fitted. My most recent 737-200 flight was in March 1999 on Pharaoh Air's sole aircraft, which I think is ex-United, so it's 30 years old approximately. It was a flight from Luxor to Aswan and, being Egypt and pretty hot, the plane took forever to get airborne. I thought for a moment we were going to drive all the way to Aswan. There was also what looked like an oil leak from the flap actuators which was not very encouraging.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

I flew on a Continental 737-100 EWR to Buffalo. Interestingly, this was the main route in the PeoplExpress network for the -100, and my trip was a good few years after the two airlines were merged (it was from People's that CO ended up with these rare birds). The plane was pretty tired looking, but I loved it cos I knew I wouldn't get another ride in one - this was in 1991 and already there were only about a dozen on the planet, and only CO's five in the first world. Good flight, landing was really nice.

Remember when CO was a by-word for everything that was horrible about US domestic air travel? And the fleet: 727s, 737s (including the venerable -100s), 747s, A300s, DC9s (misc srs.), MD80s, DC10s (-10 and -30). What a mess - the average age must have been higher than NW or PA. Now it's 737, 757, 767, 777 (or soon will be when the MD80s are gone, along with the last few DC10s which are being replaced as we speak with lovely new 777s). Nice.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineNKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Good airplanes. Exceptionally well built. Worked on both (-100/-200) as a mechanic and flew on both as a passenger a few billion times. If I were going to be in heavy turbulence,I want to be on a -200. (or -100,but they're so rare) Don't forget that when evaluating a plane,that you evaluate the PLANE,not how it's outfitted or configured by an airline,or how clean or dirty it is or how the food was etc...

User currently offlineRuslan From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Just two weeks ago I flew on an Air Caribbean B732 Advanced from POS Trinidad to MIA Int'l.
I must say I was sort of reluctant at first because I thought that a non-stop 3h50m flight on a 732 was kinda pushing it, although the Advanced series has a high gross weight structure for increased fuel capacity or longer range than the QCs etc. Anyway, it was the best flight I've been on so far. I think the a/c performance was fantastic!
Air Caribbean only recently began operations on the POS to MIA route so there were only about 20 passengers aboard.
1. Seats (all in one-class layout) were very comfortable (although the back rests could be a bit higher.)
2. The overhead bins were much more spacious than I'd anticipated.
3. Take-off was swift and not at all stomach wrenching.
4. As max. take-off weight was "favourable" we were allowed to cruise at 35000 feet.
5. The four cabin attendants were very helpful and genuinely friendly so service was great!
6 .It was smooth sailing all the way, except for the last half hour of descent when the expected chops kicked in.
7.The landing wasn't at all hard like my experiences in the A300 (I don't really care how the landings are anyway so that doesn't matter) and then the moment I was waiting for arrived - listening to those engines ROAR!!!!! (I hope Air Caribbean doesn't put hushkits on their 732s anytime soon!).
All in all, it was pretty terrific!

I've been to an Open House for a B737-800NG about four months ago. Although the movie screens are kinda small, video and audio entertainment looks great. It's probably just an original part of the a/c construction but there is a row in Coach somewhere between 5 and 10 I think, where there's a blank panel instead of a window. I'd feel uncomfortable sitting there for an entire flight!
The NGs are pretty great except that for lovers of those Pratt & Whitney JT3D engines, they're a bit too quiet!  

User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1931 times:

Yes, I have many fond memories of the 737-200, which I flew a lot on in the mid-to late 80's with Canadian Airlines. Interestingly, there are a few pictures on this site of a/c C-FNAP, now belonging to Royal Airlines. What memories--I flew on that in June '87 when it belonged to the then still Canadian Pacific. My favourite seat was always 16A or 16F, right about parallel with the end of the engine. The engines, to my memory, produced a very compact, contained crackly thunder sound, which really wasn't that loud on the inside at all. And because of the relatively small diameter of the exhaust nozzles, I don't remember ever feeling any of that ground buffeting that you get sitting behind the wing on a jet with high-bypass fans, especially at startup. I will always remember the 732 as a real hotrod, and had many exhiliarating takeoffs in it. And the complex trailing edge flaps were always a treat to see in operation too.

May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
User currently offlineN-156F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Hey! Be nice to 737-200s- I love the planes! They might be old, rickety, and loud (emphasis on loud) by now, but they, along with scattered 727s and a few remaining DC-9s and F28s, are the last of the truly classic airliners left, and still one of my favorite a/c to climb on to (which I regularly did with USAir until I started flying Delta and their 767s/MD-88s).
The 737-200 is the true "Classic 737", and hopefully it'll stick around with at least a few airlines until Stage 4 goes into full effect. After that, I'm sure I'll miss it.

User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

I seconded that to all guys who are taking sides on older model 737's...

I flew -100 on Continental (ex-People Express) between Cleveland & Minneapolis and it was real a soft flight.

I flew -200 on Western, United, and Continental all over USA and always enjoyed all flights no matter how it was. I was even impressed on how 737-200 handles with heavy thunderstorms, turbulences, and strong crosswind during landings/take-offs...

My fiancee, fan of DC-10/L-1011, just couldn't simply understand how could I love that old 737.


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Vanguard flies only 737-200 aircraft. I was on one last March, going into DFW. It was the smoothest landing I have ever experienced in ANY aircraft. You could not tell that it had touched down. The only giveaway were the reverse buckets being deployed, and they didn't even use any reverse thrust to speak of. Yeah, they look a little long in the tooth with those big old engines hanging off the wing, but I do like that plane!

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

I used to be a passenger on Lufthansa´s 737-230s occasionally in the 80s. Noisy planes.
No airline I would fly uses them any more. Saw one -200 of Transaero last week on take-off. That plane makes even a fully-packed 747 classic or DC-10 sound quiet. A 737-200 at take-off can only be topped by old Tupolevs, BAC 1-11s or even older first-generation jets as DC-8s without hushkits. I would really appreciate it if they would go to the scrapyard very soon. Annoying airplane for people living around airports.

User currently offlineAviador From Argentina, joined Feb 2012, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

I live near to the airport where there are always DC-9s, DC-8s, B722s, L1011s and of course B732s doing their stuff and my only regret is that I don't live closer to them. I thrive on listening to those machines at all hours of the day and night (and the number of car alarms that are activated in the airport parking lot. just kidding!) and it was great to actually fly in one of them (although the only time you get to appreciate it is after touchdown). I don't really care what a/c I fly in, but when you're just hanging out at the airport or its environs, the 738s are just too quiet, while a 722, 732 or better yet a B747 commands immediate attention and is a treat to the ol' ear drums.

This is beside the point but why can't we focus on the more immediately severe forms of pollution like right here on the ground and help eliminate those instead?
So, decibels from a/c like the 732 are always high on my scale. There had to be an exception!!!  

User currently offlinePanman From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Aug 1999, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

I too had the opportunity to fly Air Caribbean 737-200 (like Ruslan) but this was between POS and TAB (15 minute flight). The only thing that made me wary was the amount of moisture that was coming out of the drains on the belly of the aircraft. Both times the plane was full and on takeoff I couldn't believe the thrust this thing was pulling. Even on BWIAs Tristars I haven't been pushed so firmly into my seat on takeoff.

I sat at the seats located at the trailing edge of the wings specifically so that I could see the flaps and reverse thrust buckets.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (16 years 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

Well I when I worked for Alaska I serviced their 737-200QC's. Changing the interior configuration was one of my favorite jobs. We could change the interior between any configuration in under 30 minutes. The only spooky part was what you had to do in order to open the cargo door.....You open the forward right hand passenger and then hold on as you reach out and pull a release handle that is on the outside of the aircraft!!! A big deal with somebody who is afraid of heights like me since it is about 7-8 feet off the ground....The belly is low to the ground so it is easy to throw in a last couple of bags, Unlike Airbus's A-320 or the 757 which sit much heigher.

I don't know why everybody says the 737 is not a great short field aircraft. We talked about it last week DUT airport is only 3900ft. That and how many commerical jet aircraft are certified for gravel operations???

Oh and one other thought.....

NOISE RULES!!!!!!!!!

The first aircraft is the 737 that I flew into the airport in the second photo.

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User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (16 years 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

Now that is one aircraft I'm going to miss!

I've flown on 737-200s many, many times. First, it was CPAir, then Canadian Airlines, and now WestJet! Just like Happy-flier said, what memories I had! I flew on them mainly on the YEG-YQU(Grande Prairie, AB), YEG-YYC, YEG-YVR and YYC-YVR routes. Most recently, I flew on a WestJet 737 flight in February of this year from YEG to YQU and back. This brought up memories of my past trips on CPAir 737s on that same route about 20 years earlier.

Takeoffs and landings are pretty smooth, very smooth in fact(only the BAe 146 does it better in terms of smoothness) and surprisingly not quite so loud now, as they're all hushkitted. There really is a kind of thundery, rumbling quality to the sound on takeoff, even inside the cabin. This is one neat and rugged aircraft, as it was indeed built to operate from gravel airstrips and airports with minimal facilities, especially those in the North, where they're still used extensively. It is also a little powerful on takeoff, as I've noticed.

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The old Canadian livery.

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The Proud Wings livery - unfortunately, I have never had the chance to go on one of those in these colors!

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The weather in this photo above does seem fitting, given CP's demise!

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WestJet will replace these completely with 737-700s and probably 737-600s in the near future.

User currently offlineCapt_smith From United States of America, joined May 2000, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (16 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

I'm almost 42 y.o., and have only just within the past 2 years flown in any jet aircraft ( my 1st and only flight ever was when I was 13 y.o. in a Ford Tri-motor!!) I now have flown 4 trips which is equal to 15 actual flight legs!! To me, this is remarkable having spent all these years on the ground. My first experience on a 737 was on Southwest when I got to be on a 737-300 series. Being a naturally nervous flier, I was of course thinking about that damned rudder the whole time I was up. But, there were no problems, and it was an ok flight. We did encounter a bit of CAT on the flight back and that made people scream a bit...but if was soon over and smooth on in to CMH.

Another time I was a passenger on a Delta Express 737-200, which was a fine flight, too. I had wondered how it would feel what with those smaller engines under the wing. Great take-off and nice ride all the way to Ft Lauderdale. They only had one operating a/c pack, so they had to fly max of 25.0 I believe. The greatest treat of all on this flight was the guy who sat next to me...he was a former Eastern Airlines B-727 pilot whom I tried hard not to bother with all my comments and questions and nervousness!! But I felt much better having this former airline pilot sitting next to me. We talked a little bit about aviation and airlines. Calmed me right down

I was amazed when I first heard a 737-200 take off...Those little guys are very loud! I was at the Ft. Lauderdale beach and the airport was shooting them off the runway over the ocean and I heard such a noise, I thought L1011? B747? B767? Nope. Just good ol fat Albert, B737-200.

User currently offlineHagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (16 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

I got one of Sabena's -200s back in '97 from Helsinki to Brussels. The only remarkable thing I remember was the noise. I was sitting at the last row and the noise level on takeoff was quite high. Once on normal climbing power, however, it wasn't much different from that of any other 737, let alone in cruise.

BTW, a funny detail from that flight: people applauded when the plane touched down at BRU! I've NEVER experienced that on any scheduled flight before or after that...  

- Hagi

User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (16 years 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

I've only flown on a 737-200 once, a Canadian Airlines QC in the old CP c/s about two weeks ago. That was a Canadian Shuttle flight from YVR to YEG. The flight was very smooth and I didn't find the noise level too bad. Certainly much more comfortable than an old DC9. I was once sitting next to the right engine onboard a US Airways DC9-30 and that was what I call loud. Didn't find the 737-200 at cruise any worse than 737-300 for example. Takeoff was louder though.


Air Asia Super Elite, Cebu Pacific Titanium
User currently offlineHP-873 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (16 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1788 times:

HP-873 was a 737-100 that flew to live and lived to fly for COPA Airlines from Panama. I was around 8 years old when the company's biggest plane was the Lockheed Electra L-188, I loved watching those long startup procedures of all 4 engines and looking at those huge, wide propellers rotate. Then came HP-873, at the beginning i had not much interest as i only saw thru the window a long can making lots of noise, but then romance with aviation began more as i flew more and more on the other -200s watching the round logo light on the tip and the classic condensation trail on the flaps, everytime i had the chance i sat always on the back seats just waiting for the deploying of the reversers, which mentally i always forgot how such thing moved to the back of the exhaust nozzle. Without hushkit like it was on the 80s in the airline's fleet i could easily recognize between DC-9s and 737s or even 727s from the sound at takeoff. I just hope i can work in one before they go the way of dinasours(CV-880s)  

User currently offlineFelipe E. From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (16 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

Hi Who are you??

I know other things about the Panamanian Aviation, and i have some pictures of the plane.

That you say, this was the first Panamanian 737-100 because the firt jet I think was the DC-9 of Air Panama.

Please, let me know your Email. for send the photo.

Thank You

Felipe E.

25 Iceposttm : I flew to kansas city on a southwest 737-200. it did seem like a very slow take off. i was in the ver front of the plane and it was still very very lo
26 Mlsrar : I can remember in April of '89 shortly after the Aloha mishap with the tired 737 convertible (bad joke, sorry), aboard the 737-200 Aloha had. Knowing
27 HP-873 : When you read my post on the top press User info
28 CV990 : Hi! 737-100/200 were great airplanes, very powerfull but a little bit noisy! I flew during the 80's some machines: Geneva/Frankfurt - D-ABEA - Luftha
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