flyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1018 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 34472 times:
I don't think so. The darn thing has been flying since 1969, and has over 70,000 cycles on the airframe. I did find it has flown all over the world before it was converted into a cargo aircraft. Here is a pic from 1988 when it flew with Presidential Airways.
Spending a bit of time in Canada, it was one of the original order for B737s for Pacific Western Airlines. But it didn't fit well in the fleet as not only was it a "Basic", (non-Advanced), it was not equipped with the gravel kit, as were the rest of the Combi's at PWA. It didn't make it into the merger with CP forming Canadi>n.
It did however, spend time at NWT Air, and Air Canada Connector, before going to Westjet.
Longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5388 posts, RR: 44
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 26650 times:
Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 18): I thought these screens were part of the gravel kit?
No, all of the B737-200s I flew had them in the early 1990s. It was termed "Tire Burst Protection". Then for reasons I can not recall, they were all removed. If these screens are at all compromised, a "tire screen" light would illuminate in the cockpit.
Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
fsnuffer From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 25963 times:
Quoting Longhauler (Reply 19): It was termed "Tire Burst Protection". Then for reasons I can not recall, they were all removed.
Back in Nav training we were taught to get on the call button if there was a tire blow out and say "Pilot, the gear". At that point the pilots would leave the gear down and we would do doughnuts over Rancho Seco to burn off fuel. The reason given was the USAF lost a T-43 (737-200) when a tire ruptured on takeoff and when they raised the landing gear all that rotating shredded rubber tore the hydraulic lines loose dumping it onto the hot breaks caused a fire resulting in a crash.
railker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 24170 times:
Well, I don't know what kinda budgets training schools have, but both Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and British Columbia Institute of Technology have 737-200s -- BCIT has one with the WestJet logo still painted on the aircraft. Old and now that students have touched it, completely not airworthy. But amazing training tools for maintenance. Maybe a school can fork out the money to pick it up if they don't have an aircraft like that, make a good addition to their fleet.