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Happy 24th Birthday To The Boeing 757!  
User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4695 times:

Congratulations on 24 years from the 757. The plane today celebrates its 24th year in the sky. Its first flight was February 19th 1982 and it entered service 11 months later.

The 757 was conceived as a replacement for the venerable 727 which was a focal point of short haul travel throughout the entire world. After a slow start to begin with the 757 sales picked up in the late 80s and it has become the domestic transcontinental backbone for many airlines in the United States as it surpassed the 767 which is its close cousin in sales. It excels in so many missions. It is the ideal plane for transcontinental routes as it combines capacity and range. It is still efficient for short hops while it found much success in later years flying shorter intercontinental flights. It is the only airplane operated by every one of the big six network airlines in the United States (AA, UA, DL, CO, NW, US) along with others. While it only had marginal sales outside of the United States, it still was a success as 1050 frames were sold. Eventually the 757-300 was developed which was stretched and had incredible operating economics which made it ideal for leisure orientated flights on both scheduled and charter airliens.

Congratulations to all the engineers that designed this marvelous plane and to all those that worked in operating it successfully for 24 years. Although production has finally stopped after 23 years of sales, the 757-200 holds the distinction of being one of the longest running plane models produced as the last 757-200 rolled off the line 23 years after the first without any major overhauls. The plane also has a very good safety record which is a tribute to those that worked on the beautiful plane which will likely remain in service for 10-20 years as few airlines have even announced plans to phase it out let alone retiring the plane.

Congratulations and happy birthday!


If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
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User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

happy birthday to my favorite plane, sadly with the only female of the species having died recently, the birthdays will be celebrated with even more pride and passion, as they become increasingly rare.


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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3028 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Happy Birthday to the Boeing 757. My favorite aircraft in the world.

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User currently offlineHPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4551 times:

Yeesh, the plane is about as old as I am. Perhaps that's why I feel so attached to it. I prefer flying them to the 737s. I sat in the very last row on one of USeast's going LAS-PHL last October and damn I loved the ride.

User currently onlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

Congratulations! I wonder when the manufactorers comes up with at true replacement


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

Quoting OyKIE (Reply 4):
I wonder when the manufactorers comes up with at true replacement

I doubt an exact replacement will ever come. At the time being there is more pressure to develop 737 sized narrowbody, 787 sized widebodies and 777-300-A380 sized jumbos. The downturn in the US industry certainly isn't helping. The United States is really the only place where the 757 sold in huge quantities, but the demand is decreasing. With 737s being able to have enough range to fly transcontinental routes and higher demand for frequency instead of capacity, 757s aren't essential.

It is sad to see the 757s go, but the fine engineers working for the aerospace companies will certainly succeed in producing more products that are just as inspirational as teh 757 was. More fine products are on their way!



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4387 times:

Funny, I just flew on a 757 yesterday, sweet.

Alex



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User currently onlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2689 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

It seems like the 757 will have a new life as a transatlantic point to point service from the east coast. The airplane can offer many new connection previously to small for airlines.

I hope the 737/A320 replacements are able to serve this market as well. It will be interesting to see which airplanes companies like AA, DL, UA will replace their oldest 757's with in the future.

And when can we expect to see massive layoffs? Maybe the huge US companies keep on to them for another 10-15 years?



Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large, then go make that dream real - Donald Douglas
User currently offlineScoliodon From India, joined Oct 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

The 757...what a beautiful bird..See them frequently flying overhead from my balcony, on the way to landing on 31R @ DFW.
Ammunition..I agree with you totally. Don't know why but I also felt the 757 to be female as opposed to the sheer masculinity of the 737, 767, THE 747 and the 777..



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User currently offlineStuckinMAF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

HOORAY!!! My favorite passenger airliner and I have the same birthday!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 757!!


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

Quoting StuckinMAF (Reply 9):
My favorite passenger airliner and I have the same birthday!!!

Happy birthday to you!

Quoting OyKIE (Reply 7):
It seems like the 757 will have a new life as a transatlantic point to point service from the east coast. The airplane can offer many new connection previously to small for airlines.

The 757 is doing to the Atlantic to what 737NGs and A320s did to transcon routes. They are opening up routes that never used to be possible. So the 757 is imposing on 767 territory and finding a new niche, but the 757 is also being taken off many transcon and medium range routes that it used to fly. So it is just a translation of sorts.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineAA777223 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

Happy Birthday to the hot-rod 757! I love to fly them, finding them far superior aircraft to the short and squatty 737. I don't really know why I like them so much more than the 737, as the interiors are very similar. I do definitely love the external appearance of the 757 so much more than the 737. I look forward to seeing Y1, as I think it will resemble the 75 more than the 73. Only time will tell!


Sic 'em bears
User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Quoting AA777223 (Reply 11):
the hot-rod 757!

The Atari Ferrari!


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

Quoting AA777223 (Reply 11):
I look forward to seeing Y1, as I think it will resemble the 75 more than the 73. Only time will tell!

I somewhat doubt that as it will be considerably shorter since it has to fill the gap that the 737 covers although there should be some longer stretches.

I agree though, long skinny planes do look cool. I personally like the look of both the MD80 and 757.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7176 posts, RR: 86
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4123 times:
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How much longer is Boeing keeping this frame on their line?

My uncle called me today, he's doing DFW-SJU-DFW on the 752. His favorite a/c to fly for AA.


Cheers!

Drew in AUS.


User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Quoting Scoliodon (Reply 8):
Ammunition..I agree with you totally. Don't know why but I also felt the 757 to be female as opposed to the sheer masculinity of the 737, 767, THE 747 and the 777..

Here is how I consider airliners to be:

Male:
DC-8
DC-9
MD-80
MD-87
MD-90
DC-10
MD-11
707
717-200
727-100/200
747 (all)
A340-500/600
A380

Female:
L-1011
737 (all)
757-200/300
767-200/300/400
777 (all)
787-3/8/9
A300
A310
A320 (all)
A330
A340-200/300



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User currently offlineKcrwFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3791 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 15):
Male:
DC-8
DC-9
MD-80
MD-87
MD-90
DC-10
MD-11
707
717-200
727-100/200
747 (all)
A340-500/600
A380

Female:
L-1011
737 (all)
757-200/300
767-200/300/400
777 (all)
787-3/8/9
A300
A310
A320 (all)
A330
A340-200/300

Adding some regionals to this list

Male:
ERJ135-145
crj 700

Female:
Dash 8
dornier 328 jet
dornier 328
crj 900

trans:
crj 200


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4005 times:

Quoting KcrwFlyer (Reply 16):
trans:
crj 200

Interesting decision. I personally don't fully agree with some of these gender nominations. Apart from the obvious reason, I don't see why rear engine planes are masculine. I think the long skinny designs indicative of the streched planes is quite feminine.

I think the short and fat planes like the A380, A310 or 762 are quite masculine. But I guess it is just perception.  Smile



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

Oops, I forgot the A350, which would go on the female aircraft list.

BTW, I have one aircraft with a rear mounted engine on the list of female aircraft, the L-1011. The L-1011's s-duct of the rear mounted engine is more feminine than the in-line duct of the DC-10/MD-11. The 727 also has an s-duct on one of the engines, but the other two engines make it look more masculine IMO.

[Edited 2006-02-20 02:46:28]


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