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737: First Flight 9th April 1967 - 40 Years Today!  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12476 posts, RR: 37
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

Today marks a very significant anniversary. On the 9th April 1967, Boeing pilots Brien Wygle and Lou Wallick (who would later make the first 747 flight) took the first 737 into the air. Their new aircraft, the 737-100, was Boeing's smallest jet model and although the aircraft attracted a good number of sales for the aircraft, there was nothing in its early days to suggest that it would be anything like as successful as it eventually became; by the late '70s, total sales were still around the 400 mark; not bad, but certainly not stellar, and way behind the 727, which would eventually cease production in the early 1980s with over 1,830 sales under its belt.

Fast forward to 2007 and the aircraft is not just the most successful jetliner (and by a very considerable margin), but given that the majority of DC3s/Daks were built for military use, arguably the most successful commercial airliner ever. Sales are now heading towards the 7,000 mark and with American looking at a big 737 order in the near future, almost certain to exceed that. Over 100 customers have bought the aircraft and the operational statistics often defy belief; by the time I finish this message, half a dozen 737s will have taken to the skies somewhere around the world. Interestingly, some of the most significant 737 operators weren't even around when the 737 first flew - even Southwest! Ryanair, Virgin Blue, Jet Airways, Asiana, all the individual Chinese carriers, Air Berlin, Easyjet and more ...

So, here's to a really great aircraft; long may it fly. It first flew before I was born and I'm sure it will be going strong for many years after I'm gone (and I have no intention of giving up the ghost anytime soon!)

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User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4703 times:
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Happy Birthday old girl. Keep on patrolling the friendly skies!


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User currently offlineJetfan727 From Belgium, joined Dec 2006, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

I would like one more flight on a -200

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1674 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4487 times:
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I flew on several of those first 737-100s. They were on Lufthansa, and they replaced Viscount 814s and Convair 440 Metropolitans on German domestic routes and short international routes. They were very nice, with blue seats at a comfortable pitch and open overhead racks.

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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3390 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

When they rolled out the 737, they definately made a damn good airplane. Happy birthday 737!


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User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2361 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4373 times:

Congrats to Boeing on a successful jet. However, I hate the banana plane. I can't wait until Y1 replaces the 737.


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User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 3):
I flew on several of those first 737-100s

Last time I flew on the 737-100 was in 2000. Amazing that they made it that far.



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

I don't know if I ever flew on a -100 or a -200 when I had my only flight ever on a 737 back in 1987. Though CM probably did have one or two -100s at some point, either -100s from SQ or -100s from LH.

User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

40 years and still being build, that's great. But let's not get carried away to much.

Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter):
Their new aircraft, the 737-100, was Boeing's smallest jet model and although the aircraft attracted a good number of sales f

30 aircraft!?! Has there ever been a narrowbody jet that has sold less? I wouldn't call that a good number. If anything the initial version, the 737-100, was a flop. Production ceased after 2 years. Boeing didn't gave up on their new jet and had the 737-200 ready by then. Eventually the 737 found her way to the world's airlines.



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User currently offlineDL777LAX From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 521 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

Quoting Manni (Reply 8):
Has there ever been a narrowbody jet that has sold less?

The concorde only saw 14 in commercial service.



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
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Quoting Manni (Reply 8):
Has there ever been a narrowbody jet that has sold less?

the Dassault Mercure -with 11 or 12 examples IIRC going to Air Inter and not one single example to anyone else anywhere - and as pointed out above Concorde with only 14 - so the -100 outsold both of those a/c types combined  Big grin



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User currently offlineDlednicer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4208 times:
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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

I wont do any celebrating. The -100 and -200 were awesome but other than than, They are the most boring and dull aircraft flying today. I try to avoid flying on them at all times.

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4175 times:
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Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 12):
They are the most boring and dull aircraft flying today.

I cannot believe that anyone can call the original "Pocket Rockets" boring and dull ( then again this is coming from someone who has a username including  yawn  767300ER  yawn  which I guess makes him an expert in 'boring and dull'  Wink )
the original baby boeings had real personality ... and the sights and sounds of an unhushkitted -100 or -200 taking off from a short and rough runway are anything but 'boring and dull' . My friend , you really should get out more Big grin



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

I think Boeing lucked out when the CFM International CFM56 small high-bypass turbofan became available in the late 1970's. The CFM56 made it possible increase the size of the 737, enough that later 737 models actually replaced the 727-200 model!  cool 

User currently offlineJetfan727 From Belgium, joined Dec 2006, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4143 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 13):
and the sights and sounds of an unhushkitted -100 or -200

Loved those JT-8Ds.


User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3800 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4101 times:
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Quoting Jetfan727 (Reply 2):
I would like one more flight on a -200

Go to South Africa, if you want to fly on those. There are still quite a few 200's down there, Comair and Nationwide still fly them in pax service as far as I know. But you'd better not wait too long.

Happy anniversary to this successful jetliner!!! Smile

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium



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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4066 times:

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I cannot believe that anyone can call the original "Pocket Rockets" boring and dull ( then again this is coming from someone who has a username including 767300ER which I guess makes him an expert in 'boring and dull' )
the original baby boeings had real personality ... and the sights and sounds of an unhushkitted -100 or -200 taking off from a short and rough runway are anything but 'boring and dull' . My friend , you really should get out more

Howdy! I didnt call the Boeing 737-100/-200 boring and dull. The statement was intended for all the other Boeing 737 models excluding the -100/-200. I love the classic 737's and have flown on them with Aloha Airlines, Delta Express, and Bahamas Air. I/m also a big JT-8D fan so of course I love the 737 classics. I agree that they make a Hell of a sound while taking off from a short/rough field. Sadly, we dont get anymore here in MCO  Sad

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User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9211 posts, RR: 20
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 13):
the original baby boeings had real personality ... and the sights and sounds of an unhushkitted -100 or -200 taking off from a short and rough runway are anything but 'boring and dull' . My friend , you really should get out more

Man, you give me goosebumps. I loved hearing those PW engines roaring as those birds rocketted down the runway for takeoff. I remember when USAir had a pretty big fleet of those back in the day. I used to hang out at PIT, and every other plane that took off was a 732. They would rocket down 28R and eventually takeoff right over Rt 60. I have flown on quite a few 737s, but never on a 737-200 unfortunately. I didn't do too much flying as a kid, and now just about all the remaining 732s are being decommissioned/retired for more fuel efficient, economically efficient aircraft, the 737NGs and A320s (in this case, the A319 and 73Gs)

Here's to 40 years of flying and to many many more to come!  birthday   champagne 

Long live the 737!



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User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1765 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3914 times:
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I think the most telling thing about the 737, is when carriers flying 737s decide to replace them (30 years later), they replace them with new 737s, and not another make/model.

That - alone - says volumes about how great a plane it is.

- litz


User currently offlineLVISA From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3886 times:
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Quoting Jetfan727 (Reply 2):
I would like one more flight on a -200

Hi JetFan727,

AR has a bunch of them...  Big grin



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8568 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3851 times:
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Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 17):
Howdy! I didnt call the Boeing 737-100/-200 boring and dull. The statement was intended for all the other Boeing 737 models excluding the -100/-200.

my apologies , I really should read peoples posts properly before shooting them down - I have re-read what you actually wrote , as opposed to what I thought you wrote  ashamed 



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User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
I don't know if I ever flew on a -100 or a -200



Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 12):
The -100 and -200 were awesome but other than than, They are the most boring and dull aircraft flying today. I try to avoid flying on them at all times.

I did a picture search for the 737-100's on A.net for late 60's and all of 70's. I didn't find too many photos of the 100. I don't think I ever flew the 100, but I know I've flown the 737-200 several times on United, Piedmont, Aloha, and Indian Airlines. Having said that, I agree with Delta767300ER - I try to avoid the 737.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

April 9, 1967 - nine days before my first birthday...

And this just four days short of the one year anniversary of Pan Am's announcement that they were going to order 25 (?) 747's...

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I would like one more flight on a -200

Take an Aloha inter-island flight - they are going to be there for a while!!

Still going strong, and will continue to do so for a LONG time...who at Boeing would have thought that one day a 737 would be flying trans-Atlantic routes?


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3767 times:

After working with the 737s for 30 years and dispatching them for 27, I have to marvel at how well Boeing has "grown" the aircraft over the years. The difference in performance and range between the -100, -200 Basic, and -200 Advanced and the NG-series is substansial. The standard -100 had a max takeoff weight of about 100,000 lbs. (and the ex-SQ -100s we had at Air Florida were 110,000 lbs due to the -9 versus -7 engines installed). Southwest's -700s have a max of 154.500 lbs, and the -800s, -900s, and -900ERs are greater still, closer to 200,000 lbs. I'd guess, so they've almost doubled the takeoff weight over the years....

25 Post contains images Pilotaydin : hurray for the 737! my paycheck
26 Post contains images Gr8Circle : CD flies them on select routes in India.....
27 Lnglive1011yyz : With all the quabbling that happens on this website over MINUTE details, one thing that cannot be argued, is how successful of an aircraft this plane
28 Delta767300ER : No hard feelings dude. When Delta Express was still in business, MCO was 737-200 heaven. Several years ago we also had 737-200's from AirTran, US Air
29 Viscount724 : The 737-100 wasn't really a flop. It's what LH wanted initially to replace smaller turboprop (Viscount) and piston (Convair 440) types with far fewer
30 Jetfan727 : This thought has already crossed my mind.....combine some nice holiday over there with some -200s rides.. Thank you for this magnificent pix showing
31 CV990 : Hi! Congrats to Boeing and the 737....I flew most of the models Boeing came with, here are the ones I flew: 1981/09/07 - D-ABEA - LH - 737-100 - GVA/F
32 OPNLguy : Here in the US, about your only chance to have flown them would have been on PeoplExpress, and Continental (ex-LH birds), as well as Air Florida and
33 American 767 : Me too. If you were born and raised in Belgium, it is normal that you remember those very well. It used to be the flagship of Sabena's fleet from the
34 Post contains images PanAm747 : The VFR 614: The Dassault Mercure: If I recall correctly, Lufthansa said of the 737-100, "we like, but we want it a bit bigger", hence the almost imm
35 Steeler83 : I wonder who went to Boeing for them to produce an aircraft capable of flying longer distances like PIT-DEN or PHX, which resulted in the birth of th
36 Phllax : I believe that US was the launch customer, but SW put it into service first. AL/US approached Boeing after they had problems with the DC-9-50 (traded
37 Type-Rated : I remember that back in the late 60's early 70's most of the 737's I saw were with UA. It seemed like a long time before other airlines got their own.
38 OzTech : Here's to the worlds greatest airliner.. I started out my apprenticeship as an airframe/engine mech in 1980 for Britannia Airways (Worlds greatest cha
39 Post contains links and images PanAm747 : btw, here's my current desktop picture: View Large View MediumPhoto © Ellis M. Chernoff The CLASSIC (almost cartoon-like, but in a good way) live
40 Post contains links and images LTU932 : You forgot to say 737 in the third official language of Belgium: Sieben Drei Sieben. I believe it was UA who wanted the stretched 737 which eventuall
41 Post contains images AwyrCymru : Happy Anniversary 737. Its been great reading some of the above posts. I, most probably, can thank an Aer Lingus B737-200, that I saw when I was 7 yea
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