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Next-Generation 737-900ER Takes Maiden Flight  
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7939 times:



SEATTLE, Sept. 05, 2006 -- The newest member of the Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplane family took to the skies over Washington state Friday on its maiden flight. Painted in the Boeing blue-and-white livery, the 737-900ER (Extended Range) took off at 9:21 a.m. PDT from the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. The first flight marks the beginning of a five-month flight test program to obtain certification of the airplane from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency by early 2007.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2006/q3/060905b_pr.html

...During the flight, tests were carried out on the aircraft’s airworthiness, aerodynamic performance, stability and cruise performance. Flight controls, the autopilot, pressurisation, avionics, air conditioning systems and the flight management computer were also tested.

Two aircraft will be used for the flight test programme, accruing a combined total of 235h of flight testing and 210h of static ground testing.

Both test aircraft will be delivered next year to Lion Air, launch customer for the 737-900ER.





http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...f+737-900ER%2c+extended+range.html

[Edited 2006-09-05 20:30:06]

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User currently offlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7919 times:

Thank you for the update. I really hope the 737-900ER will do well!! It should be able to be produced in more than dear I say 250 examples. Boeing's own estimate is 200 over the next 20 years if IIRC


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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2780 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7794 times:

When Boeing says early 2007, does anyone know exactly when? Is that January or March?

User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 859 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7707 times:

The -900ER have the same fuselage as the rest of 737NG, exept for the extra fueltank?

Micke  wave 



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6944 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7658 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Reply 3):
The -900ER have the same fuselage as the rest of 737NG, exept for the extra fueltank?

Not just the fueltank - additional features are an additional pair of exit doors, a flat rear pressure bulkhead, a two-position tailskid, wing strengthening changes and enhancements to the leading and trailing edge flap systems.


PH



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User currently offlineJrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 367 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7376 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
two-position tailskid

What is this feature? What is it for? How does it work?

Do you know where I can see a photo of this two-position tailskid?


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3985 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7323 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
a flat rear pressure bulkhead

What's a flat rear pressure bulkhead?

Also, does anyone have a diagram showing the difference between the regular -900 and the -900ER?


User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8977 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7255 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 6):

What's a flat rear pressure bulkhead?

Go to page 7:
http://www.boeing.com/commercial/737...ily/737-900ER/pdf/presentation.pdf

Quoting Jrosa (Reply 5):

What is this feature? What is it for? How does it work?

Do you know where I can see a photo of this two-position tailskid?

It's a feature to help protect the aircraft in case the pilot pulls up too much on take-off and the tail section strikes the runway. You can see it in the first picture the thread starter posted. I am not sure, however, what they mean by 2-point...?

Here is a picture of one on a B-29:
http://www.cybermodeler.net/aircraft/b-29/images/caf_b-29-02.jpg

Cheers



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User currently offlineSocal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7036 times:

Tight......I wish I was there.......


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6959 times:

Phat.....Wish I could have seen it.....


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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6956 times:

Phat....I wish I could have seen it!....


"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineFL370 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

looks pretty good, btw what does IIRC stand for?

User currently offlineN774UA From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6178 times:

If I Remember Correct(ly)

Regards
N774UA



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6128 times:

Quoting FL370 (Reply 11):
IIRC

If I Remember Correctly


User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7):
It's a feature to help protect the aircraft in case the pilot pulls up too much on take-off and the tail section strikes the runway. You can see it in the first picture the thread starter posted. I am not sure, however, what they mean by 2-point...?

The old B707-400 series used to have a similar thing under the tail end of the aircraft....I always wondered what it was......was this a 'tail skid'?


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But the 707-300 series did not have it.....why was it dropped..?


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User currently offlineB737700doctor From United States of America, joined May 2005, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

Quoting Vasu (Reply 6):
What's a flat rear pressure bulkhead?

Aft pressure bulkheads are generally round or domed shaped. But the B727 and DC-9 MD80 717 A/C all had flat aft pressure bulkheads but they also had pressure doors on the bulkhead the 737ER does not. I would imagine that the balkhead is flat to accommodate more seating. http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0703529/M/ http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1092758/M/

[Edited 2006-09-06 20:15:10]


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